Mitchell J. Hoffman

Louisiana Child Support

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Through the act of marriage, parents incur an obligation to support a child’s financial, emotional, and medical needs, even after the marriage comes to an end.

Whether you are seeking an award of child support or you are seeking to enforce an existing order, our New Orleans family law attorneys are prepared to offer you experienced and skilled legal assistance. With more than 20 years of combined experience, we have a firm understanding of the Louisiana legal system to help you obtain, modify or enforce a child support order.

How Is Child Support Calculated in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, the amount of child support depends primarily on the number of children, both parent’s income, and the custody arrangement. For parents earning a combined monthly income of $40,000 or less, the court will consult a statutory table to determine the amount of basic child support owed by the non-domiciliary parent to the domiciliary parent (the parent designated as such because the child spends more time with that parent).

In cases of equal physical custody (the child spends equal time with both parents), a different calculation is made which takes into account that custody arrangement. In addition to the basic child support amount, each parent owes a share of certain expenses based on their percentage of the total monthly income.

Those Expenses Include:

  • Health insurance premiums
  • Net child care costs
  • Extraordinary medical expenses
  • Tuition and certain expenses
  • Costs of transporting the child between the parents
  • Special expenses intended to enhance the health, athletic, social or cultural development of the child (such as camp, music or art lessons, traveland extracurricular activities)

Sometimes, a court will either increase or decrease the amount of child support if it is in the best interest of the child or if the amount appears to be unfair to a parent. That is why it is imperative to have legal representation from an experienced family law attorney.

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At Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver L.L.P., we are committed to helping you to obtain an award of child support, to enforce a child support order or to make modifications to an existing child support order. Our New Orleans family law attorneys have helped our clients successfully handle their family law matters and we are confident we can do the same for you.

Call (504) 517-8160 today to schedule an appointment.

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