Midvale Child Support Lawyers
Protecting Your Financial Interests & Your Child’s Well-Being
You want to do what is best for your children, even in a divorce. You also want to protect your personal financial future. An experienced Midvale child support attorney can help you accomplish both. At Haskins James, we can help you understand and anticipate Utah child support guidelines and how they apply to your case. We focus on long-term solutions and will help you find a plan that works in the best interests of you and your children.
For more information and a no-obligation review of your child support matter, call (801) 850-0155.
How Is Child Support Calculated in Utah?
In Utah, child support is driven by statutory guidelines that determine a plan according to a formula established by the state legislature. With little room for deviation, these guidelines primarily consider the income of both parents, your physical custody arrangement, and any special needs of your children. Other critical issues, such as healthcare insurance coverage and tax implications, will also be included in the child support order.
The Utah Department of Human Services, Office of Recovery Services offers an online worksheet that allows site visitors to input information and then receive an estimate of the amount of child support that they may be entitled to receive or required to pay. This is meant to be used as a guideline and for informational purposes only, but you may find it helpful to give you a general idea of what your child support case may look like. Click here to use the Utah Child Support Calculator.
The guidelines can become increasingly difficult to interpret in cases where a parent is self-employed, unemployed, or underemployed, possibly necessitating the court to impute the proper income to make a fair child support order or vary from guidelines. We are prepared to handle complex cases involving the Department of Child Support Services or the issues that come with high-income child support.
When Can You Modify a Child Support Order?
When child support payments are not going as planned, or there has been a significant change in the economic circumstances of one party, it is possible to obtain a modification or court enforcement of child support.
Post-judgment modifications to child support may be available in certain circumstances, such as:
- A change in the child’s needs such as childcare, education, or medical care
- An increase or decrease in either parent’s income
- A change in the child custody and visitation arrangement
When it comes to enforcement, child support agencies have many legal tools at their disposal to collect payments from the noncustodial parent, including wage garnishments. We represent both custodial and noncustodial parents in child support enforcement disputes.
Contact Haskins James Today
Haskins James has served families in the greater Salt Lake area for over four decades. We are ready to help you come up with a child support plan perfectly fitted to your needs.
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