What To Know About Child Support

At Musselwhite, Meinhart & Staples, our attorneys help parents understand child support obligations in Kentucky. We represent clients in Radcliff, Elizabethtown and throughout north central Kentucky. We have more than 80 years of combined legal experience helping parents understand the child support process. Child support can be a complicated issue, but we understand it. We know what factors the Court may consider, what the Court defines as "income," and what impact a custody arrangement may have.

How Is Child Support Determined?

Child support is used to pay for the cost of raising the child. It is used to help pay for food, clothing, child care and health insurance costs for the child. Even when the court orders equal parenting time there may still be a child support obligation paid by the parent with greater income.

Child support is determined by state guidelines. Each parent's total gross monthly income is reviewed to determine the appropriate child support obligation. Current spousal support or child support payments may be deducted from the parent's gross monthly income when determining child support obligations.

Judges use the guidelines to determine the monthly amount of child support. Factors to be considered include:

  • Gross income of the parties
  • Child support paid on prior born children
  • Alimony or spousal support
  • Health insurance paid
  • Day care expenses

Child support is required to be paid until the child turns 18 or until they have graduated from high school but not beyond the date the child turns 19.

Modifying Child Support

Child support obligations may be modified, but only if both parties agree to the change or one of the parents is able to prove a "material change" in circumstances. Some examples of "material change" include: a job loss or getting a new, higher paying job; disability, reduction in overtime; increased daycare expenses, and/or special needs of the child.

Contact Our Attorneys

Have questions about child support? Our lawyers will answer your questions and help you plan for the future. Arrange a free consultation by calling 270-872-4537 or sending us an email. We are available 24/7 and offer Saturday appointments.