Des Moines Child Support Lawyer
Fighting for Child Support Payments in Iowa
In the state of Iowa, it is the responsibility of both parents to financially support their minor children. Generally, when parents are divorced, the noncustodial parent is ordered by a court to make regular payments to the custodial parent. These payments are intended to help cover the costs of the child’s education, medical care, living expenses, and more. Whether you are seeking child support, have been accused of not paying child support, or are contesting payments, you should retain a skilled attorney for assistance.
At Family Law Solutions of Iowa, LLC, our child support attorneys in Des Moines have decades of combined experience in this complex area of law. As a result, we are deeply familiar with all aspects of Iowa family law. We can navigate you through the entire legal process as we help you make well-informed decisions about your future. Our firm truly cares about our clients, and we relentlessly work to help them get the results they need.
How is Child Support Calculated in IA?
The amount of child support ordered is generally determined by a judge using the state’s child support guidelines. These guidelines are used in most cases, except in those where it would be considered inappropriate or unjust.
Factors considered when determining child support payments include:
- The employment status of both parents
- If the child has any physical or mental disabilities
- How much time each parent will spend with their child
- Each parent’s gross income, including pensions, wages, salaries, bonuses, and more
Our attorneys know the factors that judges use when determining child support, and we can use that knowledge to create an effective case strategy on your behalf. Additionally, if you have been accused of not making your required child support payments, we can assist you. Our team can help you modify the existing child support order, demonstrate that the required payments are unfairly high, and more. Regardless of how complicated your situation may be, we have the experience required to help you resolve it.
Modifying Child Support
The court assumes that child support calculated according to the standards is fair, but the total amount or the manner in which its distributed may be unjust to a parent. When a child support order is issued, each parent may request a hearing to provide evidence to determine why the amount of support should be modified.
Based on the following criteria, a judge can determine the amount of support:
If the child is or has special needs such as health conditions
The parent has lost employment or has experienced a decrease of wage
The total income of either spouse is higher or lower than previously calculated
Challenging Child Support
Once a child support order has been created, it is possible to make amendments. If the parent who is the payer has experienced a “substantial change in circumstances'' he or she may request a modification. The judge will re-evaluate the case and determine the amount of support to either increase or decrease by 10% of the current rate.
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