Following a divorce, issues pertaining to child support often arise. In South Carolina, many people often do not realize how child support works and mistakenly believe that only the husband or the wife will take responsibility for financially supporting their child. In South Carolina, both parents are legally obligated to support their children financially. In cases where the custodial parent (parent with full custody) is assumed to spend for daily expenses of the child, the non-custodial parent will then need to contribute to the other parent through child support payments.

But how much will be required for child support payment every month? And to begin with, how is it calculated in South Carolina? These may be among the many questions you have in mind right now that a child support attorney will be able to answer for you.

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In order to achieve the best favorable outcome we will:

  • Discuss with you personally to find out the actual situation and discover your goals for the case
  • Do an extensive investigation to gather solid evidence needed in order to achieve favorable decision from the family court
  • Help you file the pleadings or motions required with the family court
  • Interact with the child’s other parent on your behalf to negotiate the amount for child support payment and reach to an agreement
  • Provide aggressive representation on your behalf when an agreement cannot be obtained and proceed to try your case to a judge
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Am I Required To Pay For Child Support In SC?

The answer is yes. While either parent may request for child support here within the state, they both are required to contribute financially under South Carolina Law. As a matter of fact, failing to do so on the parent’s part is punishable by law and is considered a crime unless some uncontrolled circumstances result in the parent being unable to pay, like unemployment and incapacity for work among many others.

When one parent fails to contribute his or her child support payment obligation, the court may be enforced to order severe sanctions that lead to:

  • Seizure of property
  • Wage garnishments (may also apply to worker’s compensation or unemployment benefits)
  • Tax refund interceptions
  • Negative credit score
  • Suspension of license (e.g. occupational license, driver’s license)
  • Arrest and jail time
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How Much Should I Pay For Child Support?

Child support in South Carolina can now be determined by using a formula to know how much you are required to expend in child support – with the exception of exceptionally high-income earning individuals in which other factors are then taken into account. The expenses for the children are estimated and then divided between the parents while factoring in custody obligations and income.

For your reference, the South Carolina Department of Social Services has an amazing and easy-to-use online calculator to give you an estimate about your child support obligations. Should you wish to know more information and what can be done best for your situation, you can consult with our child support attorney today.

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Does The Support Apply To Unmarried Parents?

No parent should want to be in the position to think that support is not owed to the child just because they were never married to each other. Unmarried parents are still obligated for child support, however, determining the amount can grow more complex, and more factors will come into play.

Can Child Support Be Modified?

Yes, in South Carolina all matters pertaining to custody and child support are subject to modifications. However, this does not necessarily mean that modification is easy to achieve. Child support payment requirements are listed in court orders, so it takes legal action to amend them. However, any change in circumstances may mean your child support payments must be revised.

Can I Enforce Child Support?

Child Support In South Carolina

Raising a child on your own comes with a financial burden. If you are the custodial parent, you must ensure that your child receives the legally granted child support coming from the other parent (non-custodial) when missing out to contribute financial obligation. You may enforce an already existing child support order through our child support attorney at Davis Law where we will file a Rule to Show Cause to ultimately convince the court to enforce a child support or to order sanctions against the parent in question.