When parents split up, determination of child support is an essential and important part of moving forward and ensuring each child continued proper financial support. The Oklahoma family law firmFry & Elder is here to help you through the process and explain how Tulsa child support is determined.
Simply put: we are here to ensure that our clients’ best interests are protected throughout Northeastern Oklahoma.
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions in regards to child support practices and procedure:
How can I Estimate my Tulsa Child Support Amount?
While there are several factors that may impact child support, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services does offer a free online child support calculator that may help you estimate child support for your case. Simply click here to use the child support calculator.
How Will my Child Support in Oklahoma be Determined?
Oklahoma has had child support guidelines in place since 1987. These guidelines serve as a roadmap to determine the minimum amount of child support to be paid by a parent. While these guidelines are derived from a complex mathematical formula, below are some of the more common factors taken into consideration when determining a parent’s calculation of child support in Oklahoma:
- The amount of money parents earn or can earn
- Number of children the parents had together
- Amount of time each parent spends with their children
- Additional income each parent receives
- Cost of health insurance
- Cost of school and after-school activities
- Cost of daycare
There are other additional factors that will come into play when calculating the amount of Tulsa child support to be paid, but the above are a few of the more commonplace factors that are considered in the calculation.
Under Oklahoma Law, How Long is Child Support to be Paid?
Typically speaking, child support in Oklahoma is paid until the child turns 18. However, if the child has not graduated high school yet then child support is to be continued until that child graduates high school or turns 20. Parents can always agree to extend child support payments through college. In very rare circumstances, child support may be ordered for the support and care of disabled children after they have passed the age of majority.
How is Child Support Paid?
Unless other arrangements have been made, child support generally is paid through a wage assignment. This simply means that child support payments are to be garnished or subtracted from the wages of the parent duty-bound to pay child support.
A Family Law Firm Which Advocates and Cares for Its Clients
Since it first opened its doors in 1932, Fry & Elder has embodies Oklahoma family law excellence. The firm has been named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms list for each of the past six years.
Fry & Elder’s lineup of attorneys are some of the most decorated in the state and include the following:
- A 2019 Best Lawyers® Selection
- One of only 19 attorneys in the state to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Best Lawyers® 2016 Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in Oklahoma
- Two attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers®
- Two attorneys AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- A 2017 Significant Sig Award Winner
Should you have any additional questions or concerns about child support, we encourage you to contact Fry & Elder today to set up a personal consultation with an experienced Tulsa child support attorney.