According to the law in Idaho, both parents share legal responsibility for providing support to a child, regardless of who has custody. Additionally each support order is determined with a view towards the most conducive outcome for the child’s quality of life.
However, as circumstances change, for one or both of the parties it may become necessary for you to consider updating the amount of child support ordered. In such instances many parents feel the stress of the situation could be alleviated by hiring the services of a skilled and experienced attorney.
Reasons to Modify a Child Support Order
The obligation for a parent to pay child support ordinarily terminates when a child turns 18 and is no longer attending high school, or turns 19 and remains a current high school student.
A parent may instigate a child support modification in Idaho and change the initial support award if the guidelines affecting the support amount change significantly or in such situations where:
• The circumstances of one parent changes dramatically, such as moving a significant distance increasing transportation costs between parents.
• There has been a change in health care insurance for the minors.
• One parent or both has a substantial pay increase or decrease.
• A parent is not spending the amount of overnights used to calculate the existing child support order.
How to have your child support reviewed.
Idaho Child Support Services may review, at the request of a party the individual circumstances of each parent and the child support order before allowing legal proceedings to take place. Idaho Child Support services is less expensive than using a private attorney, but are limited in when they will review child support and how the modification will be evaluated. The State typically sends out a questionnaire to the other side to provide the information regarding the other party’s income.
Talking to an attorney who understands child support and how to accurate calculate child support can be very beneficial to you. Not all income is included, such as voluntarily overtime. A person’s potential income may be used to calculate child support if that person is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed. Some benefits that a person receives may be included as income. An knowledgeable and experienced attorney will provide you with the direction that you need.