A summary of how child support is calculated, in response to the question regarding a minor child who is working.
Child support and a working minor child
My son is 15 years old, and he recently began working a part time job after school and on the weekends. Since his mother and step father both work as well, their household income has increased. Does this mean that I can request that my child support payments be reduced or dropped?
Child support and how it is calculated
Your son's income cannot dictate whether your child support payments should be reduced or dropped, so this fact alone is not reason enough to petition the court for a decrease in your child support obligations. Child support is based on your income, the mother's income, as well as the number of overnights each of you have with the child. Cost of medical insurance for the minor child is also a factor.
Child support calculations continued
However, if you feel that you're paying too much money based on your income and the mother's income, then you could ask an attorney to review the details of your child support order to determine whether you're paying the correct amount. If the attorney can show that the mother's income has increased significantly since the child support was last established, then it's possible that the court will modify your obligation. At that point we would need to file a motion to decrease child support with the court.
Child support calculation conclusion
When attempting to request a change in child support payments, it's important to enlist the help of a skilled family law attorney who has experience successfully helping fathers who have been in situations similar to yours. Changes to child custody agreements or child support payment obligations can only be made by the court, so you should never attempt to work out the situation without skillful representation. We can meet with you and calculate child support payments before you ever file anything with the court.
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