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.
Fry & Elder has been synonymous with Oklahoma family law for over 50 years. And 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 Oklahoma family law attorney.
Fry & Elder’s Amy Page focuses much of her practice on child support enforcement, defense and establishment. She worked for over 16 years in the Child Support Services Division of Oklahoma’s DHS and was the subject of a 2017 feature by the Tulsa World.
Page is just one of many standout trial lawyers at Fry & Elder. The firm has been named to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms list from 2014-2018. Its lineup of attorneys include the following:
- A 2018 Best Lawyers® Selection
- One of only 19 attorneys in the state to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in Oklahoma 2016
- Four attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers®
- Three attorneys AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- A Cherokee Nation District Court Judge
- The 2018 Fern Holland Award Winner
- A 2017 OBA Earl Sneed Award Recipient
- The 2018 Tulsa County Bar Association Family Law Section Chair
- A 2017 Significant Sig Award Winner
Contact Fry & Elder today to set up a personal consultation with a proven and experienced Tulsa child support attorney.