Child support is a vital part of family law in Wisconsin. It is intended to provide financial security for the children of divorced or separated parents. Unfortunately, the laws governing child support can be complex and confusing. It is important to understand the basics of child support in Wisconsin in order to ensure that your rights and responsibilities are properly met.
Who Is Responsible for Paying Child Support?
In Wisconsin, both parents have a financial responsibility to support their shared child or children. Depending on the custody arrangement and earnings of each parent, the higher-earning parent may be required to pay child support to the lower-earning parent.
How Is Child Support Calculated?
Child support in Wisconsin is calculated using a formula that takes into account the income of both parents, the number of children, and other factors such as medical insurance premiums and daycare expenses. The formula is based on the Wisconsin Child Support Guidelines, which are established by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.
What Is the Role of the Court?
The court plays an important role in the child support process. The court can order the obligor (parent required to pay child support) to pay child support and can also enforce the order if the obligor fails to make payments. The court can also modify the amount of child support if there is a substantial change in the financial circumstances of either parent.
What Are My Rights & Responsibilities?
As a parent, you have certain rights and responsibilities related to child support. It is important to understand these rights and responsibilities so that you can protect your interests. For example, you have the right to receive timely and accurate payments from the obligor. You also have the responsibility to provide accurate information to the court and to the obligor about your income, expenses, and other relevant factors.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Navigating the complexities of child support in Wisconsin can be difficult. An experienced attorney can help you understand the laws and ensure that your rights and responsibilities are properly met. The Law Offices of Mark S. Knutson, S.C. have extensive experience in family law and can provide the guidance and support you need to ensure that your child support case is handled properly. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your child support case.