If you are going through a divorce or about to go through one, a proven and accomplished Tulsa child support attorney can help navigate and better prepare you get through the child support process, particularly if you have minor children involved. Should your divorce be a potentially high-conflict, high-resolution affair, you are going to have to consider child support in addition to child custody issues. This is where a skilled and accomplished Tulsa child support attorney can be beneficial to your cause.
The Tulsa family law firm of Fry & Elder has been synonymous with Oklahoma family law for over 40 years. While going through a divorce is a trying process, our firm is focused in providing you the best legal advice and strategy catered to fit your particular case, situation or child support issue. If you are in the process of going through a divorce and have a minor child involved, child support is something that you are going to have to factor into the equation. Below are the answers to some commonly asked questions about child support from an experienced Tulsa child support attorney.
What is Child Support?
Whether they are together or separated, parents have the obligation – both legally and morally to care for their children. When parents split up, the onus is on the parents and not the state to adequately provide for their children. Oklahoma child custody law dictates that this obligation will continue for the duration that a child is a minor. These laws have been in place since 1987 when Oklahoma established child custody guidelines.
How is Tulsa Child Support and Elsewhere Applied?
Child support in Oklahoma is typically is based off each parent’s adjusted gross income. Those numbers are then added up to arrive at a combined family income. There are many ways in which a parent’s gross income can be calculated some of which include: the average income per month during the past three years and the actual monthly income of what the proportionate income is from a 40-hour work week.
Those looking for a general estimate should visit the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Located on the website is a free online child support calculator that will better help you estimate the potential child support you might owe.
What about Medical Expenses?
Just like child support, both medical and dental insurance is appropriated and based off each parent’s adjusted gross income. These expenses are then added to the flat child support duty of each parent.
Why You Should Consult with a Tulsa Child Support Attorney?
This is a complex question that is difficult to answer because every situation and case is different. While the Oklahoma Department of Human Resources provides a good resource, you are going to be a lot more aware of your potential child support payments and everything else surrounding your case if you set up a consultation with an experienced Tulsa child support attorney.
Experience the Fry & Elder Difference
Divorce, child custody and child support matters can become difficult and highly contested, which is all the more reason you should immediately seek consultation with a prominent and established Tulsa divorce lawyer.
Robert G “Hap” Fry has distinguished himself as a premier divorce lawyer in Tulsa for over 35 years. Not only has he been named recognized as a Super Lawyer® every year since 2007, he was named Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in Tulsa for 2016 by Best Lawyers®. Fry & Elder attorneys M. Shane Henry, Aaron D. Bundy and Luke Barteaux have all been named to Super Lawyers® Rising Stars™ list. The Tulsa family law firm also recently expanded its each by bringing in Lorena Rivas, who will focus on Oklahoma immigration and family law, and Katie Eagan, who is licensed to practice in Oklahoma, New York and Connecticut. To set up a personal consultation with a battle-tested Tulsa child support attorney contact Fry & Elder today.