Mississippi Child Support Lawyer and Attorney
In almost all cases, Child Support is paid by the non-custodial parent (parent without custody) to the custodial parent (parent with custody). Child Support is a payment that ensures that the Child or Children share in the resources of both parents and that the Child or Children are supported according to their needs as balanced with the financial ability of the paying parent. The Law Offices Of Attorney John R. Reeves, P.C. are committed to helping parents establish Child Support Payments that are equitable, fair, and that promote the best interests of the Child or Children.
There are legal guidelines used to determine the amount of child support a non-custodial parent must pay. These legal guidelines are set forth by Mississippi Child Support Laws. The guidelines are essentially income-based with a number of other factors to determine Child Support levels. Some of these factors are:
- Health Insurance and medical care provided for the Child or Children
- Gross and net monthly Income and other assets of each parent from all sources, including second jobs, overtime pay and bonuses
- Daycare Costs
- Education and College Tuition Costs
- Number of days each parent spends with the Child or Children during the month
- Other minor Children inside the home of the paying parent or Children outside of the home that the paying parent is supporting
- Health of each parent
- Health of the Child or Children
- Reasonable needs of the Child or Children
Child support in Mississippi is determined by Chancery Court Judges in most instances. In some instances, Youth Court Judges and County Court Judges set child support. These judges have discretion to award Child Support within the framework of Child Support Guidelines. In order for the court to arrive at a just and equitable award, your attorney must gather all relevant information about all income and expenses concerning you and/or the child or children and this must be presented to the court in a coherent format. If you are the receiving parent, care must be taken to discover all income and assets of the paying spouse so that nothing is left out and that you are not short changed. If you are the paying spouse, your lawyer must make certain that all appropriate deductions from gross income are taken and that a true picture of your income is presented to the court, not an inflated figure. It is essential to get it right the first time because changing the support order after it’s made is legally difficult to do. At the Law Offices Of Attorney John R. Reeves, P.C., we have handled thousands of child support cases over the many years of our practice. As experienced Child Support Attorneys and informed Child Support Lawyers we know how to structure your case, whether defendant or plaintiff, so that the court can treat you fairly.
As Child Support Lawyers, we handle all aspects of Child Support, including Child Support Modifications (changes), Child Support Enforcement (contempt of court), and the initial Child Support award. Mississippi law requires that Child Support is normally paid until the Child or Children reach 21 years of age. There are factors that can cause that to be shortened or lengthened. The Law Offices Of Attorney John R. Reeves, P.C. has vast experience over many, many years dealing with the establishment and enforcement of Child Support Orders and are well-versed in Mississippi Child Support Laws, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) and the Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). We are experienced in collecting Child Support from U.S. Military Service Members and in defending U.S. Military Service Members.
Mississippi Child Support Guidelines
These are the guidelines set forth by law and this percentage of the paying person’s adjusted gross income is generally the minimum that must be paid:
- For 1 child – 14%
- For 2 children – 20%
- For 3 children – 22%
- For 4 children – 24%
- For 5 or more children – 26%
The amount of money due under the guidelines can be increased or decreased by the court, as the evidence may call for. The Mississippi Supreme Court has decided many child support cases over the years interpreting these guidelines and determining what evidence should be considered, as well as the court’s authority to make an award in excess of or below the guidelines. It is essential that your lawyer be up-to-date on these rulings so that your child support case can be presented to maximize your interest, whether you are a plaintiff or defendant. At the Law Offices of Attorney John R. Reeves, P.C., we have years and years of experience in representing clients involving these guidelines and child support generally. We remain up-to-date on legal decisions which could impact your child support case.
Please contact us to arrange for a confidential consultation with an informed Mississippi Child Support Lawyer and Attorney.