Child Support Lawyer
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At Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C., we are committed to providing the highest level of legal support possible. Our mission is to ensure that your rights and best interests are protected as you navigate through the complexities of the legal system. As one of themost accomplished family law firms in the State of Wisconsin, we are uniquely positioned to help individuals and families resolve a wide range of complex family legal matters. With 42+ years of experience, our Madison child support attorneys are fully equipped to handle your case next. No case is too big for us to handle. We represent clients from all walks of life.
When you are divorcing from your spouse, you may wonder how your children will be affected and how you will be able to financially support them. This can be a major cause of stress in any divorce, which is why it is important to have a Madison child support lawyer on your side. We work to ensure you and your spouse consider the best interests of your children.
How is Child Support Calculated in Madison?
Wisconsin child support guidelines use the percentage of income formula, which calculates the support obligation as a percentage of the income of the non-custodial parent who is obligated to support the child. Each party's gross income is used in the calculation, which is defined as income from any source, whether or not it is reported or taxed under federal law.
Once each party's gross income is determined, the method simply applies a percentage to the income of the parent according to the number of children requiring support and the number of overnights each child spends with each parent. Hence, the child support guidelines are based on: each parent's income; the number of overnights a child spends with each parent; and whether a parent is supporting other children.
Special Circumstances in Child Support Cases
There are special formulas that apply in low-income, high-income, serial-payer, shared-placement, and split-custody situations. Further, upon request by a party, the court may deviate or modify child support payments determined by the child support guidelines if after considering a number of factors, the court finds that use of the percentage standard is unfair to the child or to any of the parties.
Our Madison child support attorneys at Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. can help you identify both party's true incomes, estimate the amount of child support that should be paid in your situation, and discuss with you whether or not a deviation from the percentage standard may be appropriate in your case.