Our board-certified family law attorneys at CokerLegal have been helping
families find solutions since 1998 through compassionate and high-quality
legal counsel. When it comes to family law matters, we pride ourselves
on the fact that our entire team, legal and supporting staff, provide
compassionate and friendly service. One of the ways we provide this service
is by offering some insight into family law matters, especially for divorce
cases, and matters involving your children.
Child support questions crop up every so often, and our attorneys are always
more than happy to address those questions thoroughly, with respect to
your situation. Below, we list some four of the most common concerns that
parents have brought to us.
- Child support modifications.
Family dynamics change all the time. We know that it becomes necessary
to modify the terms of your child support agreement. You will need to
show documentation of how your circumstances have changed and will require
the orders to adjust. This may be the location where you or the other
parent live or if either of you now has a significantly different income.
- Child support is not tax-deductible.
If you are the parent who is paying child support, you will not be able
to deduct those expenses from your taxes. While you can deduct items such
as alimony and other costs related to the care of your child, child support
is not considered income, and cannot be taxed in that way.
- Missing child support payments carries heavy penalties.
You can be held in contempt of court for missing child support payments.
You may also receive other penalties, similar to a criminal charge. Your
driver’s license can be suspended, you may have your taxes garnished,
or your tax refunds taken away. You may also be put in jail. If you have
trouble with payments, you can always ask the court to work out a more
manageable payment schedule.
- Child support orders can be made later.
Even if you or the other parent do not request child support or if the
presiding judge does not go over this matter, note that child support
can still be ordered at a later point in time. Be aware of this, and contact
a trusted family law attorney to discuss legal options promptly.