In Mississippi, the amount of child support a noncustodial parent will owe to the custodial parent is based on a formula. This formula is based on a number of factors, including each parent's income, how much time the child spends with each parent and others. However, what if these numbers are not correctly reported?
For example, if a person is self-employed or paid only in cash, his or he income might not be accurately reported. Moreover, there may be a good reason as to why the state guidelines should be deviated from: for example, if a child has special needs or if a parent earns a very high income. As this shows, figuring out child support is more than just simply plugging in some number and calculating a result.
Therefore, whether you are seeking child support or are being asked to pay child support, it is important that the amount of child support owed is both accurate and fair. Having the advice of an attorney can be critical in such endeavors, particularly if you are contesting the accuracy of the amount owed in court.
What's more is that even after a child support amount is reached, life has a way of throwing a wrench into even the best laid plans. A job loss, serious illness or other malady could strike the paying parent, making it difficult if not impossible to keep making child support payments. In these situations, the paying parent might want to seek a post-decree modification of the amount of support owed. This may be possible if there was a substantial change in circumstances. Again, proving this in court may be best handled by a family law attorney.
Attorney Stephen Maggio has represented both paying parents and receiving parents in court. His firm is committed to providing their clients with attentive service so they can reach a timely solution. His webpage on child support may be a good starting point for Gulfport residents in need of legal help.