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What factors govern child support in South Carolina?

If a child's parents do not live together, this does not mean that child should receive any less care or financial support. In many cases, one or the other parent may be required to make monthly child support payments, to ensure that their child is sufficiently provided for. To determine the amount that is to be paid, a number of factors are taken into consideration, as explained on the Divorce Support website. These include the following:

  • Whether there are more than six children in the family.
  • Whether either parent already has any support obligations.
  • Educational expenses.
  • Whether there is a significant disparity between the two parents' incomes.
  • Mandatory retirement deductions.
  • Consumer debts.
  • Other payments ordered by the courts.

These, of course, are only a few of the conditions upon which child support is determined. Ultimately, the aim of the court is to make an arrangement that is manageable for the paying parent and beneficial to their child.

Unfortunately, some parents still do not manage to keep up with payments and this can land them in legal trouble. We saw in a previous article how a South Carolina firefighter handed himself in after falling behind on payments by six months.

If you are worried about your child support obligation, or your situation changes so it is no longer manageable, it is usually better to attempt to renegotiate it than to simply dodge it. An attorney may be able to advise you on the options available to you and support you as you work toward a more favorable agreement.

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