Making Sense Of Child Support

Every parent knows that raising children can be expensive. The law bases child support on the concept that children should have the right to share in their parents' standard of living. That idea has led to established guidelines that help ensure uniformity in child support recommendations.

At the family law firm of Joseph Brophy Cordell, Attorney at Law, located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, we work with parents from all walks of life, helping them understand how child support is calculated and advocating on their behalf when those calculations should be amended or modified.

Understanding The Child Support Calculator

The child support guidelines base support awards on the incomes of both parents, the number of children being supported as well as the custody determination and parenting time schedule awarded. In addition to this basic award, costs for child care, health care and other extraordinary expenses are often split between parents.

There is a rebuttable presumption that the child support guidelines award the correct amount of support for a family. However, there are instances when an award should deviate from the standard guidelines to be fair to parents and provide for children's needs.

With more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer, Joseph B. Cordell represents clients in cases that require special attention based on:

  • Special needs of the child or supporting parent
  • Educational expenses for the child or the parent
  • Families with more than six children
  • Long distance visitation costs
  • Arrangements in which the child resides with a third party
  • The needs of another child that a parent supports
  • A parent's nonrecurring or nonguaranteed income
  • Instances when support reduces a parent's income to less than the federal poverty level

Making Changes To Child Support Orders

As time goes on, family situations change and evolve. For many families, this leads to situations in which support awards no longer provide children with adequate support or one parent is no longer able to afford the payments that were previously awarded.

At Joseph Brophy Cordell, Attorney at Law, we provide ongoing representation to parents, advocating for them in modification hearings to help them keep support awards reasonable.

Retain Our Services Today

At our firm, we believe in cutting through the legalese and making things easy to understand. With a lawyer from our firm at your side, you can rest assured you are getting advice you understand and can trust.

To schedule a free initial consultation at our Martinsburg office, call 304-707-0673 or send us an email. We are licensed to practice in West Virginia and Maryland.