In South Carolina, Child Support is generally calculated using the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines take into consideration the gross income of both parents, other children in the home of each parent, other child support paid or received by parents, work related daycare, health insurance, tax credit for daycare expenses, extraordinary health related expenses.
The initial calculation of support will not continue to be a valid determination as the child ages and circumstances change. One example of a basis for change is daycare — child ages out of daycare, daycare costs increase, daycare costs commence based on change of employment. Another example is change in medical insurance costs. Modification of incomes of either party — custodial or visiting parents should be considered. Modification of incomes also normally triggers a change in the percentage of uncovered medical expenses that a parent should carry.
Prior to the initiation of any child support modification action, a consultation should occur with an attorney to estimate the new support amount utilizing best information available. In 2018, hire a lawyer and review the child support you received or pay.