Child Support Attorney Oklahoma

The purpose of establishing child support is to benefit the children of parents going through a divorce.

At Woodrow-Snell, our experienced Oklahoma family law attorney understands that there are numerous factors that contribute to the overall health and wellness of a child. While it is true that children need the love and support of their parents first and foremost, they also deserve to be taken care of financially.

Our family law attorneys have a deep understanding of Oklahoma’s laws regarding child support and will do everything in our power to represent you in the court of law on matters of child support.

How is child support determined?

Oklahoma’s laws regarding child support were changed as of July 1, 2009. Today, child support in Oklahoma is based on calculations that take the following into consideration:

  • Each parties’ gross monthly income;
  • Are there any statutory adjustments applicable to either parties’ income;
  • Health insurance expenses
  • Are there any continuing monthly health care costs outside of the monthly premium;
  • Monthly child care expenses;
  • Number of nights the children stay with each parent per year
However, this impersonal system does not take into account factors such as:

  • increases or decreases in salary
  • relocation for a new job or other reason
  • layoffs or sudden job loss
  • changes in child support or visitation agreements
  • prolonged illness or accidents resulting in personal injury
  • either spouse remarrying

What is Considered Gross Monthly Income in Child Support?

Gross monthly income includes earned and passive income from any source, except as excluded by statute. Gross monthly income will include, but is not limited to:

  • Salaries
  • Wages
  • Tips
  • Bonuses
  • Commissions
  • Interest income
  • Pensions
  • Rent
  • Trust income
  • Gifts
  • Royalties
  • Fringe benefits

Often individuals will want to make a case that bonuses are not guaranteed or can change therefore they do not want to include them. However, in accordance with the law, they will be included as income.

Failure to pay child support or comply with the court ordered child support stipulations may impact your credit history, result in garnishment of wages, and possibly even jail time. In some extreme cases, the state of Oklahoma may seize certain assets or property.

If you need to modify your child support payments because of illness or the loss of employment, we can help. Suzanne Woodrow-Snell can prepare all the necessary documentation for you to petition the court and seek modification of the amount of monthly support you pay.

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Contact a Child Support Attorney in Oklahoma

Suzanne Woodrow-Snell understands that child support is an area of family law that comes with a lot of client questions and confusion.

Our goal is to make sure that your case is handled fairly, regardless of which side of the equation you are on. Our family law attorneys will handle all aspects of child and spousal support cases.

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