Our clients going through custody battles and divorces involving children, commonly ask us about child support and how it calculates. Child support calculation depends on a number of factors. This article will walk through the basic process of child support calculation or child support modification and how it will affect you.
Oklahoma Child Support Laws
– Obligor: Person paying the support or with less visitation
– Obligee: Person receiving the support on behalf of the child
– Gross monthly income of each party (Income before taxes and deductions)
– Statutory adjustments that may apply to the party’s income
– Health Insurance and the monthly premium or cash payments for each child
– Other health care costs outside of monthly payments
– Child care expenses (daycare, babysitting, etc)
– Shared Parenting Credit (Number of overnight stays with each parent)
All of these factors will be scrutinized by the courts in order to make a final child support calculation. Thus, you must provide all your financial information and your child’s health care information to the courts.
How to Calculate Child Support
The Child’s Needs:
The court will now consider the other needs of the child. These include:
– Number of children in the home
– Housing expenses
– Food expenses
– Transportation expenses between the parents regarding visitation
– Public education expense (School clothing, supplies)
– Clothing expenses, etc.
Contribution of Each Parent:
Finally, the court will take all the above factors into consideration when making a child support calculation. At this point, the court will consider the percentage of financial contribution of each parent to the gross income surrounding the child. So a parent who can only contribute 20% to the gross income, will only be expected to pay 20% of the child’s expenses. The other parent will pay 80%.
Creek County Child Support Attorneys
We understand that calculating child support and child custody can be a daunting process when you attempt to do it alone. If you have more questions about the calculation and need help, call our offices. Your first consultation is free.