Ensuring Your Children Are Financially Supported
Each parent has a responsibility to support his or her children. The noncustodial parent will pay child support to the custodial parent. The amount paid will depend on the following:
- The child support arrangement determined as part of the divorce
- The number of nights each parent has with the children
- Each parent’s gross monthly income
Your gross monthly income includes all sources of income, such as wages, investments, unemployment, and workers’ compensation. Any money you receive is counted toward your gross monthly income.
Our Salt Lake City child support lawyers can help you determine the amount of money you will either pay or receive, depending on whether you have custody of your children, by inputting the gross monthly incomes of you and your spouse into the Utah child support calculator.
Once this amount is determined, it will have to be paid monthly until your children reach the age of 18 or graduate from high school, whichever happens last. If you need to have this amount altered, you will have to petition for a modification of divorce decree. There must be a substantial change in circumstances for the courts to allow this change. Reasons may include:
- The loss or gain of a job
- One parent remarrying
- One parent having another child
Salt Lake Child Support Collection Attorneys
If your former spouse is not making child support payments, you cannot deny parent-time, also known as visitation, to him or her. However, you can sue for failure to pay and for the amount owed in back payments. At Brown Family Law, our attorneys are diligent in their efforts to collect on back child support and may be able to request that attorney fees are included in the amount your former spouse owes.
We know you want what is best for your children and for yourself. We will do our best to help you achieve that.