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Understanding child support payments for South Carolina parents

For parents in South Carolina who are divorcing or ending their romantic relationships, child support is likely a topic of concern. Most parents know only the basics about child support and are unsure of the specifics. At the law firm of Aaron & Aaron, we can help you understand how child support payments are determined, and we can explain which factors can cause payment amounts to deviate from the standard.

In South Carolina, as in most states, family court judges, using what is known as child support guidelines, set the amounts for child support payments. These guidelines take a number of factors into consideration, including both parents' incomes, the number of children to be covered by the support and the number of overnights the non-custodial parent has annually. In addition, it is at the judge's discretion to deviate from the guidelines when he or she believes the circumstances of the case make such a deviation appropriate.

Generally, when judges deviate from the amounts determined by the guidelines, extraordinary factors influence their decisions. Some factors that can affect child support payment amounts include income disparity, unusual medical conditions affecting either the children or the parents, and unusual educational expenses. When factors such as these impact the lives of parents and children, it is of utmost importance that the family court judge be made aware of them.

If you are a South Carolina parent who will be impacted by a family court's child support decision, you can turn to the law firm of Aaron & Aaron for answers to your child support-related questions. We can examine you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse or partner's financial situation and provide you with a support estimate. If you would like more information about child support payments and how they are determined, you can also visit our family law website.

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