Child Support

Shreveport Child Support Attorneys

Helping You Understand Your Rights & Obligations

Child support is a court-ordered payment made by one parent to the other to help cover the costs of raising a child. The parent who has primary custody of the child is typically the one who receives child support, while the noncustodial parent is the one who pays it. Child support is intended to help cover the costs of a child’s basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, as well as other expenses, such as medical care and education.

At Ryan E. Gatti, Attorney at Law, we understand that child support can be contentious in many divorce and paternity cases. Our Shreveport child support lawyers are here to help you understand your rights and obligations under the law and guide you through the legal process. We can help you seek a fair child support order, or, if you are the one who will be paying child support, we can help you ensure that the order is reasonable and manageable.

For the legal guidance you need, call our office at (318) 633-0186 or contact us online today.

How Is Child Support Calculated in Louisiana?

Child support is calculated using a specific formula that includes several considerations. In Louisiana, child support is calculated using the Louisiana Child Support Guidelines.

Some of the factors that are taken into account when calculating child support include:

  • The parents’ gross monthly income
  • The number of children
  • The amount of time the children spend with each parent
  • The cost of health insurance
  • The cost of work-related childcare
  • The cost of extraordinary medical expenses

It is important to note that while the Louisiana Child Support Guidelines provide a formula for calculating child support, the court has the discretion to deviate from the guidelines if it is in the child’s best interests. This is why it is so important to have an experienced child support attorney on your side who can help you present a strong case to the court.

What Are the Child Support Laws in Louisiana?

Child support laws in Louisiana are governed by the Louisiana Child Support Guidelines, as well as the Louisiana Revised Statutes. These laws outline how child support is calculated, how it is enforced, and the penalties for nonpayment.

Some of the key child support laws in Louisiana include:

  • Child support is typically paid until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later
  • Child support may be extended if the child has a disability
  • Child support may be modified if there has been a substantial change in circumstances
  • Child support is not tax-deductible for the paying parent and is not considered taxable income for the receiving parent
  • Child support is not dischargeable in bankruptcy

What Happens If You Don’t Pay Child Support in Louisiana?

Child support is a court-ordered payment, and failing to pay it can result in serious legal consequences. If you do not pay child support in Louisiana, you may be subject to both civil and criminal penalties.

Some of the penalties for nonpayment of child support include:

  • Wage garnishment
  • Seizure of tax refunds
  • Liens on property
  • Suspension of driver’s license
  • Suspension of professional licenses
  • Contempt of court
  • Arrest and jail time

It is important to note that, while you may be facing financial difficulties, you cannot simply stop paying child support. If you are unable to make your child support payments, you must go to court and request a modification. If the court agrees that there has been a substantial change in circumstances, it may lower your child support obligation.

How Can a Child Support Lawyer Help?

Child support is a complex issue, and it is important to have an experienced child support attorney on your side who can help you navigate the legal process. 

Our child support services include helping you:

  • Understand how child support is calculated
  • Gather the necessary financial documents
  • Present a strong case to the court
  • Seek a child support modification
  • Enforce a child support order
  • Defend against child support arrears

Whether you are seeking child support or are the one who will be paying it, we can help. We are committed to providing each and every client with the personalized legal solutions they need and the supportive guidance they deserve.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you need help with a child support matter, turn to Ryan E. Gatti, Attorney at Law. Our Shreveport child support lawyers can help you understand your rights and obligations under the law and guide you through the legal process. 

Call our office at (318) 633-0186 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.

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