New Orleans Child Support Lawyers

Child Support

Child support and expense allocation conversations are typical in a divorce and navigating the complicated calculations and ever-changing details during your divorce process can be difficult.

New Orleans Family Law Attorney Camille Patti will proactively seek out creative solutions for each child support case. She has a thorough understanding of the concerns that naturally arise when it comes to divorce and is committed to ensuring each the best outcome for your family.

Child Support Expenses and Custody

Money is often a tension point in family divorce cases, especially when it comes to child-related expenses and how those expenses are divided.
Expenses that should be considered when it comes to child support can include, but are not limited to:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Educational expenses
  • Child care expenses (daycare, babysitters, etc.)
  • Medical expenses like insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses

In Louisiana, both parents are required to support their child’s needs—including financial, emotional, and medical needs. The parents’ custody arrangement will make an impact on a child’s support award.

Child support calculations are based on the physical custody of a child (how much time a child spends with each parent) and the relative incomes of the parents.

  • Sole custody: the child spends most of the time with one parent and that parent has sole legal decision-making authority regarding the child
  • Shared custody: the child spends equal time between each parent
  • Split custody: the children are divided between the two parents (for example, one partner takes the older child while the other partner takes the younger child)

New Orleans Child Support Attorney Camille Patti understands the stress of these situations and will serve as a valuable guide in navigating the child support process.

Child Support Formulas, Calculations, and Collections

Parental income is just one of many factors when determining child support. A lot of variables are considered, including:

  • Number of children and other pre-existing support obligations
  • Tax filing status
  • Health insurance
  • Whether one party is “voluntarily” underemployed or unemployed
  • Age of the children at issue
  • Whether one party has a history of perpetrating family violence

In Louisiana, guidelines based on parents’ income and expenses determine appropriate awards of child support, but a court can choose to deviate from the guidelines if it determines that circumstances warrant it. In cases of family violence, courts are explicitly authorized to deviate from the child support guidelines. Camille not only thoroughly understands how to make the necessary calculations, but she also provides advice regarding how best to handle your unique circumstances.

Life Changes and Child Support Modifications

Initial child support decisions and amounts can change over time. For example, if an ex-spouse gets remarried or finds a new job, support modifications may be necessary. Life changes inevitably occur, so it’s important to adapt child support amounts as necessary. Child support awards in Louisiana are always modifiable.

Either parent can ask for an adjustment of child support payments—up or down—based on:

  • A legal obligation to support other dependents
  • Community debt
  • Total disability—either permanent or temporary—of a parent
  • Extreme medical expenses
  • Involuntary unemployment
  • Change in custody

If you find yourself in a situation where you feel child support needs to be adjusted, reach out to New Orleans Child Support Attorney Camille Patti. She will discuss your situation with you, advise you of the best course of action for your situation, and work to have your child support needs addressed.

Contact Our New Orleans Family Law Lawyers For Help

If you need to establish a child support obligation or have your existing child support payments adjusted based on changing circumstances, reach out to New Orleans Family Law Lawyer Camille Patti. She will work to understand your situation, advise you on the best way to handle your case, and help you to meet the financial needs of your child and family.

Get in touch now by calling 504.321.3364 or use our contact form.