We have four kids. I have to pay more than $600 supplemental security income to my oldest and an additional $865 in child support. I only make $1,500 per month and she is unemployed. I also don’t get to file any of the kids at the end of the year for taxes.
Am I paying too much?
I do not practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general tips on your situation.
Child support guidelines are state specific and have many variables. At first glance and without any further information, the amount of child support that you are paying certainly appears to be high.
But as I stated above, there are many variables that go into child support guidelines. Most states take items such as child care expenses, health care expenses, previous child support obligations, and the earning capability of the parties if they are not earning up to their potential.
Because this is such a complex issue, it would be a good idea to consult with a licensed attorney in your area that can look at all of the variables that your state considers when running the guidelines. At that point he or she would be able to tell you exactly what you are obligated to pay by law, and what the procedures are in your state to amend the current order.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than tips on your situation, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in Indiana and how they impact your potential case.