How much should you pay? How long do you have to pay it? Are you getting enough? Can you change the amount of child support? South Carolina uses a formula found in the Child Support Guidelines that determines support requirements. While this has helped to make child support amounts a much less contentious issue, there are still questions that can arise:
Is child support supposed to cover all expenses? The child support formula is based on income, but does not have the ability to factor in additional expenses such as health care, private or special schooling and extra-curriculum activities. Your order will dictate how these additional expenses are handled and should be negotiated by your attorney.
Can I request a modification in support? Circumstances change. As a result, parties often have to seek to have their child support payments modified. The amount of child support payments can be modified as the child’s needs or parent’s ability to pay change. Parents have the right to request a review of the support amount when either parent’s financial circumstances change. It's important not to wait until a crisis occurs, as soon as a change is imminent, contact your attorney.
How long do child support payments last? Unlike spousal support, which usually stops when the spouse receiving it remarries, the duty to support one’s children usually is not affected by either party’s remarriage. The obligation to support a child ends only when the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school. There are special circumstances (i.e. children with special needs) where the court may order support beyond this period.
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