I employed Hoge attorneys ( specifically Ruth Wilkerson ) I was led to believe there was wiggle room in the amount a father had to pay based upon his level of custody that he had with his child. Ruth went straight to the Kentucky calculator and divided the support payment into percentages of our total income and added the health insurance into the percentages, this left me with $14. a week to live on. I tried to show her a breakdown of my living expenses ( just the have to make payments ) and her response was do you want to terminate our contract. After that I did. I honestly got a better offer from the states attorney.
Response from Ruth Wilkerson July 29, 2015
At our law firm, we try to educate our clients about the law applicable to their case. In this matter, child support and the calculation of child support was at issue.
In Kentucky, child support is calculated according to specific statutory guidelines, which does not include debts or net income of the parties. Here’s a link to estimate child support: https://csws.chfs.ky.gov//csws/general/estimatedisclaimer.aspx. In other words, it is irrelevant to the Court if a child support obligee has a large debt or other significant living expenses. Child support is based on gross income first.
In order to modify the child support calculation, the Court may consider the parties’ parenting schedule with the issue being that increased parenting time may result in a reduced child support obligation; however, nothing is guaranteed.
All this information is explained to every client, but it is ultimately their decision with regard to how the case is handled.