Child Support Attorneys in St. George
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When two parents separate or divorce in Utah, they are both legally required to provide financial support for their child/children. Child support in Utah is determined according to a set child support formula. The formula takes various factors into account, including custody arrangements, the number of children involved, and the income of each parent. Based on these and additional factors, the child support formula determines who will pay child support and how much will be paid.
While the court generally presumes that the amount set forth by the child support formula is appropriate, certain circumstances may lead to the court ordering a higher or lower payment amount. Additionally, changing circumstances may cause the receiving or paying parent to request a modification. If need help with a child support issue, contact Park Law Firm. Our St. George child support lawyers have over 50 years of combined legal experience and are prepared to assist you.
Call (435) 222-5869 or use our online contact form to request a free and confidential consultation with our firm today. We have offices in St. George and Cedar City.
Factors Used to Determine Child Support Payments
The Utah child support formula (also known as a “fee schedule”) uses several factors to determine how much the paying parent will need to provide to the receiving parent for the purpose of child-related expenses.
These factors include:
- The adjusted gross income of both parents
- The child custody arrangement; whether one parent has sole custody or if there is a joint or split custody arrangement
- The ability of either parent to pay, as well as both parents relative income and wealth
- Both parents’ education level/ability to obtain gainful employment
- Whether the child has special needs or extraneous circumstances that may lead to special financial considerations
- The established standard of living of both parents, as well as the standard of living the child is accustomed to
- The age of both parents
- Whether either parent has financial obligations to other family members, including other children from previous marriages/relationships
These same factors will be taken into consideration if one parent wishes to challenge the child support payments outlined by the child support formula, either requesting a greater or lesser payment amount.
Can Child Support Be Modified?
A child support arrangement can be modified in Utah. To do so, you will need to file a petition with the court requesting a modification. Before doing so, however, you will need to make sure that you meet certain criteria.
Child support modifications can only be requested in the following circumstances:
- At least three years must have passed since the original child support order or at least three years have passed since the last child support modification
- There has been a substantial change in circumstances that affects the paying parent’s ability to pay or affects the receiving parent’s financial situation
“Substantial changes in circumstances” may include things such as a change in the child custody arrangement, the loss or gain of employment, remarriage, and more.
Contact Park Law Firm for a Free Consultation
Our St. George child support lawyers can help you navigate the process of challenging a child support order or requesting a post-judgement modification. We have extensive experience with all manner of family law issues and are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you find resolutions to complex family matters.
Call us at (435) 222-5869 today to speak to a member of our legal team.