The Louisiana Family court system has required the use of guidelines for child support. Today, Louisiana child support guidelines are income-driven. There is a worksheet prepared which includes three columns. The court then uses a chart that lists the net incomes and the corresponding support figure for a family with one, two, three, four, and five children.
Your share of the total child-support amount will be in proportion to your share of the total family income. For example, if your income is 30 percent of the family income and your spouse’s income is 70 percent. You would pay 30 percent of the recommended child support amount from the chart and your spouse will pay 70 percent. If the total child support is $100 from the chart, you would pay $30 and your spouse would pay $70. That percentage remains constant for non-reimbursed medical expenses, braces, college expenses, and all other expenses of raising your children.
If you can no longer make your child support payments because of a job loss or if you think the child support you are receiving is not sufficient. Our lawyers can help you file for a modification, to either lower or raise your monthly support payments.
To schedule an initial consultation, contact your Louisiana child support lawyer at her family law practice. Our Forms page contains a copy of the Louisiana Child Support Guidelines. The Sole Parenting Worksheet will help to calculate child support figures when the children live primarily with one of the parents. The other worksheet on our Forms page is the Child Support Guidelines – Shared Parenting Worksheet. This is for when the noncustodial parent has more than two overnights per week.