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 40 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
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 childcare 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, travel and
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.
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 lawyers have helped our
clients successfully handle their family law matters and we are confident
we can do the same for you.
(504) 517-8160 today to schedule an appointment or complete a
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