Child support can often be one of the hardest issues during a divorce or custody case. In many cases, couples will fight over how much child support should be paid. Unfortunately, the people who ultimately suffer most during the process are the children.
It is important to be represented by a child support lawyer in Northern Kentucky who understands how the judges calculate child support in your county. Our attorneys are well-versed in child support cases across all counties in Northern Kentucky. Hoffman Walker & Smith can help you navigate through state child support statutes and Kentucky case law which has played a major role in the calculation of child support.
What Expenses Are Included Kentucky Child Support?
Many parents question whether school expenses, school lunches, medical expenses or extra-curricular costs are included in child support. The answer depends on whether you are already bound by a court order.
In most cases, the courts will not order additional child support based on your children’s extracurricular activities, your mortgage payment, or any other living expenses you might incur. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. Generally, the courts will include the following factors into your child support order:
Medical, dental, or pharmaceutical costs not covered by insurance
Medical insurance costs (if not covered by the custodial parent’s employment)
Child care costs while the custodial parent is at work or at school
Typically, these expenses will be covered by both parents based on their percentage of their combined earnings. For example, if the noncustodial parent earns twice as much money as the custodial parent, then the noncustodial parent will pay twice as much for these additional expenses.
If the court does not specifically order an expense to be paid in addition to a child support order, the paying parent should consult with counsel before presuming they need to pay the expense. It’s possible that the expense should be paid entirely by the parent receiving child support.
How Is Child Support Calculated In Kentucky?
The courts consider several factors when calculating child support in Northern Kentucky. The following are some commonly recognized factors:
Amount each parent earns
Amount actually paid as maintenance/alimony to the other parent of these children
Amounts actually paid in support of prior-born children
The health insurance and work-related child care costs spent on the children by either parent
Number of children in common between the parties
The percentage of time children are under each parent’s care and control
Hoffman Walker & Smith Can Help With Kentucky Child Support Issues
The attorneys at Hoffman Walker & Smith have a firm grasp on state laws and how local judges apply the law. Our attorneys can clearly explain all the factors that impact your calculation and will work hard to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
As your family’s lawyer, Hoffman Walker & Smith cares about the well-being of everyone in your family. As a result, when handling Kentucky child support cases, we will always strive to keep our clients focused on doing what is in the best interest of the children. It is easy to get caught up in bitter fights with your ex over money; however, don’t allow this to happen at the expense of your children. Keep in mind that this money is for the benefit of your children. Our lawyers are committed to making sure that squabbles over money don’t get in the way of your relationship with your children or their continued happiness and well-being.
Please contact Northern Kentucky child support attorneys at Hoffman Walker & Smith today to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant and Kenton counties.