Interstate Child Support Appellate Attorney
Adult relationships can end, but parenting responsibilities continue. The financial support of children is one of those responsibilities.
The Child Support Guidelines provide a formula for calculating the presumptive obligations due. But there is a lot of room for deviation from the presumptive weekly amount because child support includes many other aspects. For example, insured and uninsured health insurance coverage, tuition, travel and activity expenses.
There is a lot of room for error when a trial court considers interstate child support disputes. Trial courts sometimes decide the issue using the wrong State's law or errs in considering the totality of the facts involved, including visitation expenses and cost-of-living differences.
There are many conditions which render the "Guidelines" uncertain. For example, reimbursed employee benefits, stock options, bonuses, seasonal income, non-W2 income (e.g., business ownership or self-employment income), non-employment income (e.g., investments or rental property), or where there is a special tax impact involved (e.g., S-Corporation or capital gains taxation).
Interstate child support appeals are typically very fact intensive, can include a battle of expert opinion, and require a keen attention to detail. The ramifications of each case is typically far reaching for everyone involved. Today's judgment will be the basis from which future child custody decisions are reviewed.