Jackson Child Support Modification Attorney
Any matter concerning child support can be contentious, especially if you are a noncustodial spouse and are not on particularly good terms with the other parent. However, it is important to know that there are options to modify a child support order in the event that your circumstances change. At the law office of Derek L. Hall, PLLC, we are committed to helping parents in Jackson, Mississippi with all child support issues, including the modification of orders. We provide personalized representation to each of our clients, and we offer legal approaches that are specifically tailored to your situation.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about how a Jackson child support modification attorney can help you to modify your child support order. To better understand how and why child support orders can be modified, it is important to understand how child support orders are calculated in the first place.
How is Child Support Calculated and Awarded in Jackson, Mississippi?
Under Mississippi Code Section 43-19-101 and 43-19-103, there are guidelines for a noncustodial parent’s child support obligations. The guidelines are a specific percentage of the noncustodial parent’s adjusted gross income (AGI) based on the number of children for which she or he will be providing support. The guidelines are as follows:
- 14 percent of adjusted gross income for one child;
- 20 percent of adjusted gross income for two children;
- 22 percent of adjusted gross income for three children;
- 24 percent of adjusted gross income for four children; and
- 26 percent of adjusted gross income for five or more children.
Generally speaking, the court will use the guidelines when awarding child support unless there are reasons for overcoming those guidelines. Under Mississippi Code Section 43-19-103, there are a number of ways that either parent can show that the guidelines are inappropriate. Sometimes the custodial parent may be able to show that the guidelines do not provide sufficient income, while in other cases the noncustodial parent may be able to demonstrate that the guidelines over-provide in terms of necessary support. Examples include, for instance, extraordinary medical or educational expenses of the child (as well as other special needs), or independent income of the child.
What is Child Support Modification?
Now that you understand how child support is calculated and awarded in Mississippi, what re grounds for modifying a child support order? A Jackson child support modification attorney can assist you.
In order to modify a child support order—regardless of whether the original order is based on the guidelines or on other terms that the court deemed to be equitable—a parent must request the modification. The request for the modification must be based in a “substantial change in circumstances,” which is typically defined as either:
- A change of 25 percent or more in the adjusted gross income of the parent; or
- A change in the child’s needs that would result in a necessary change to the amount of support from the noncustodial parent.
Contact a Jackson Child Support Modification Attorney
Has there been a substantial change in circumstances since your child support order was issued? You may be able to petition for a child support modification. A dedicated Jackson child support modification attorney can assist with your case. Contact Derek L. Hall, PLLC to learn more. If you want it all, you ought to call Hall.