It is important that your children receive the financial support that they need. The state of Louisiana considers it the responsibility of both parents to support their children—regardless of whether a couple is divorced or were never married.
Our New Orleans child support lawyers at Thornhill Law Firm, A PLC. represent both mothers and fathers in the negotiation, modification, and enforcement of child support agreements in Southern Louisiana. We are here to protect your legal rights and the rights of your children.
Louisiana Child Support
Unless parents are able to reach a suitable child support agreement on their own, a Louisiana court will use the state’s child support guidelines to determine the amount of monthly support that each child should receive.
Louisiana’s child support guidelines apply the Income Shares Model to calculate the amount of financial support. To determine this amount, the gross income of both parents, any community property debts, spousal support payments, the number of children that need child support, any special or extraordinary needs affecting the child, and whether a parent has other dependents to support are taken into consideration. Louisiana child support usually lasts until the age of majority.
Calculating child support can be a complicated process and there may be exceptions to the guidelines, which are determined on a case-by-case basis. This is why it is so important that you are represented by an experienced child support attorney that has a thorough understanding of Louisiana’s child support laws and can make sure that your children receive the correct support payments.
Modification and Enforcement of Louisiana Child Support Orders
Sometimes, modifications to a Louisiana court-approved child support order is necessary, such as when one parent becomes unemployed or another parent gets a higher or lower paying job.
If you believe that an increase in child support is warranted, one of our child custody lawyers can petition the court to request a modification to your existing child support order. If you would like to defend against a Louisiana child support modification petition, Thornhill Law Firm, A PLC. can protect your rights and enforce the existing child support agreement. If your spouse refuses to pay the court-ordered child support, we can take the necessary steps to enforce the child support order and collect late payments.
Thornhill Law Firm, For the People
Our Louisiana law firm handles all family law matters related to divorce for our clients, including child custody, child support, spousal maintenance/alimony, property settlement, and post-divorce matters. We are committed to seeking justice for our clients and making sure that they receive the settlements and agreements that they are entitled to under Louisiana law.
Thornhill Law Firm, A PLC. is one of the most well-respected family law firms in Southern Louisiana. Our family law attorneys are here for you, and we will work hard to resolve conflicts in a manner that serves the best interests of your family.
To schedule your consultation with a Thornhill Law Firm New Orleans, Louisiana child support lawyer, call (800) 989-2707 or contact us online.