Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

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Creating a child support agreement during a divorce

Not all matters related to divorce must be acrimonious. In fact, there are several important legal matters related to divorce that may be resolved through negotiations and agreements directly between the parties. In Salt Lake City parties to a divorce may choose to discuss and decide their own child support terms, often with the help of their legal representatives.

What is imputed income for child support?

The Utah child support guidelines use a complex mathematical calculation to determine how much of a parent's income should be set aside for the financial support of their children. Depending on the amount of money that a parent makes, that figure could be more or less than what their children's other parent is required to pay. When a parent earns no income, the court may impute income on them to establish an appropriate child support amount.

Modifications to child support may be available in the New Year

Not long ago, this Salt Lake City family law blog offered an informational post on how gross income is calculated to determine child support. Gross income is the total amount of income that a person may receive, and courts use this total to establish a reasonable child support amount.

What is factored into the computation of my gross income?

When a Utah court determines that child support should be ordered in a family law matter it will look to the state's guidelines to determine how much money the non-custodial parent should pay for the benefit of their child or children. One of the most significant factors that the guidelines consider is the amount of money that the parent makes, which is considered their gross income. This post will briefly discuss the types of income that are included in gross income but readers are reminded that this post should not be read as legal guidance.

Understanding when a child support modification may be possible

Parents may find over the course of their child's childhood that they need to modify a child custody or child support order. Parents should be aware that just because they have changed jobs, their child support does not also immediately change based on their new salary. The family law process provides resources to help parents seek a child support modification when needed.

What is the impact of medical expenses on child support?

Parents are responsible for child support expenses but are also obligated to pay for the uninsured or unreimbursed medical expenses of their children for the medical care they receive. Uninsured medical expenses include medical expenses that are not covered by insurance and can include deductibles, co-pays, prescriptions and other uncovered costs. Medical expenses parents are responsible for can include medical, dental or vision costs that are incurred as a result of medically necessary treatments or procedures.

Child support enforcement options for failure to pay

This blog recently discussed options for parents to consider through the family law system if they need to seek a child support modification. Child support enforcement measures are designed to help parents seeking to enforce a child support order obtain the court-ordered child support they should be receiving. It is important not to ignore a valid child support order and to seek family law resources when a child support modification may be needed. Otherwise the parent who has failed to pay child support can face serious consequences and penalties.

Making changes to child custody or child support

Life changes following a divorce and circumstances change as children grow and develop. As a result, parents may find that they need post-divorce modifications related to child support and child custody. Child support modifications and child custody modifications may be possible in certain circumstances. Until a child support or child custody modification has been granted by the family law court, however, it is important to abide by all child support and child custody orders.

Different types of adoption may be available to families

Adoption is an important way that many families begin and grow. It is helpful, therefore, to understand adoption options and the legal technicalities sometimes associated with the adoption process. There are several different processes through which a child may be adopted including agency adoptions, independent adoptions, adoptions through identification and international adoption, among some others.

How do I modify my child support order?

Child support modifications may be a significant concern for many parents who have a child support order as the circumstances of life change following a divorce or the establishment of an initial child support order. Parents may wonder if a child support modification is possible, under what circumstances it might be possible and how they can request a child support modification. Under both federal and state laws, individuals who have a child support order have the right to request a review of their child support order. The Office of Recovery Services/Child Support Services in Utah conducts the review and the child support amount can go up or down.

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