The court may deviate from the guidelines in some circumstances, but only if there is just cause for such a deviation. Unless the parties have agreed otherwise, a parent paying child support must continue to do so until the child is “emancipated.” This generally occurs when the child reaches eighteen years of age or graduates high school, whichever comes later. There may be exceptions to this general rule depending on the particular circumstances of your case. A child support obligation may also be modified if the party requesting relief is able to show a substantial change in circumstances or a substantial change in the financial ability of either party. Of course, child support arrangements can always be agreed upon by the parties and filed with the family court as long as the court finds it is in the best interest of the child.
If you are seeking child support or modification of an already existing child support obligation, please contact one of our family law attorneys for a consultation. Most every family law case requires a close relationship with your attorney. Our child support lawyers are highly experienced in this field, and provide the type of personal assistance that you need in this type of case. If you or someone you know is seeking a family law lawyer, contact The Law Offices of Nicole Nicolette today.