Louisville Child Support Attorney

In Louisville, child support comes up in a number of different types of case.  Also, child support is defined by a series of statutes in the Kentucky Revised Statutes.

First, any parent, custodian or agency “substantially contributing” to the financial needs of a child may seek child support.  KRS 403.211(1).

Second, the Kentucky Child Support Guidelines presumably apply to Child Support in Kentucky.  KRS 403.211(2).  I have written earlier about some factors which rebut the presumption that the Guidelines apply.  In most cases, Family Court applies the Guidelines.

Third, when Child Support is awarded, the Court may “…allocate between the parents, in proportion to their combined monthly adjusted parental gross income, reasonable and necessary child care costs incurred due to employment, job search, or education leading to employment…”.  KRS 403.211(6).  The education is that pursued by the parent.

When private health insurance is available, Family Court may Order the parent to whom it is available to pay.  The cost of health care insurance attributable to the children is allocated in the same way daycare is allocated.  KRS 403.211(7).

The cost of uninsured medical expenses incurred on behalf of the children may also be allocated between the parents in proportion to their combined monthly adjusted parental gross income.  KRS 403.211(9).

The Guidelines are set out in KRS 403.212.  It contemplates combined monthly adjusted parental gross income from $0 to $15,000 per month and from one to six children.

Any person receiving or paying child support may ask Louisville Family Court to modify (either increase or decrease) child support.  KRS 403.213 requires a substantial and continuing change of circumstances.  A 15% increase or decrease is presumed to be a substantial and continuing change.

So…where might child support come up in Louisville Family Court?  In my practice, most often child support is sought in a Divorce.  However, if you have a child, but are not married, Louisville Family Court will still address child support in a Custody or Paternity case.  Louisville Family Court also has the authority to assign child support in Domestic Violence and Dependency, Abuse or Neglect cases without regard to marital status.

Your Louisville Child Support Attorney will need: 1) your most recent income tax returns (both State and Federal); 2) your three (3) most recent paycheck stubs; 3) written confirmation from your daycare provider of the cost of daycare; and 4) written confirmation from the health insurer covering the children of the cost of health insurance attributable to the children.  In some cases, your Louisville Child Support Attorney will need information about SSI or SSD benefits directed for the benefit of a child.  Finally, if you have an “Above The Guidelines” child support case, your Louisville Child Support Lawyer will need to work with you to prepare a presentation of the actual cost of raising your children.

It is important that you seek the advice of an attorney.  The Court will be making very crucial decisions about your children and your financial well-being.  Please feel free to learn more at my website or The Louisville Divorce Attorney or The Louisville Divorce Lawyer if you are not ready to talk.  Thanks for reading.