In the vast majority of cases, the non-custodial parent will be required to pay child support to the custodial parent as well as contribute to the payment of such other expenses as medical insurance and related expenses, education costs and child day-care. The actual amount of the support payments in any given case will vary depending on the number of minor children in the marriage, the parties’ respective incomes, asset and debt levels and the individual needs of parties involved. At Urban & Burt, Ltd., we utilize the latest in computer programs specifically designed to assist the attorneys in calculating child support obligations while taking full advantage of all allowable income tax deductions.
In some circumstances, it is possible to deviate from the child support guidelines. Deviations, to be accepted by the court, must be justified and the court needs to make specific findings. Our attorneys, when proposing a deviation, make sure that the petition is supported by the evidence and the reasons for a deviation are clear.
An example of a deviation might be that one parent pays less support in return for an agreement to pay for summer camp or private school. Or a parent may pay more child support and pay college expenses. We make sure that our clients’ rights are protected when deviating from the child support guidelines.