How Child Support Is Determined In Oklahoma
Child support for children of divorced parents is meant to ensure that the child’s ongoing upbringing needs get met.
Depending on the situation, divorcing parties in Oklahoma often have questions about support: Who will have to pay? How much will I receive?
Top 4 Things To Note About Child Support In Oklahoma
Below are answers to four common questions about child support in Oklahoma:
1. Who Is Responsible For Paying Child Support?
Traditionally, the parent who does not have physical custody of the children pays child support to the parent who has custody.
2. What Does Child Support Cover?
A parent is required to pay child support to cover a child’s expenses that include but are not limited to:
- Food and shelter
- Medical and dental care
- Extracurricular school activities
3. How Is Child Support Figured?
The process starts by completing a form called the application for child support services. Then the form gets assigned to an Oklahoma child support office, and the support amount is figured by using a child support calculator and information such as:
- Each parent’s income
- The number of nights per year that children stay with each parent
- Which parent pays for medical insurance and the amount
- Which parent pays for child care and the amount
A judge can consider any other pertinent factors such as a child’s special needs in the support determination. Occasionally, divorcing parents come up with mutually agreeable support arrangements that they submit to the judge for approval. An experienced lawyer often assists with the process.
4. When Can Child Support Get Modified?
A party responsible for paying the support can also file a request for a child support modification. Loss of a job, reduced working hours or a change in other life matters will determine whether a judge will grant the request.
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I am family law attorney, Nick K. Woodward. At my firm, Woodward Law Firm PLLC in Tulsa, I have years of experience helping parents resolve child support matters in a divorce. I have also assisted individuals who need help modifying an existing divorce decree.
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