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Not every change in circumstance warrants a support modification

There are a lot of things in life that spark arguments over what’s right and what’s fair. Sometimes the two things never quite intersect. In family law situations, where so many personal issues can create friction, the process of sorting out child support can be one of the most contentious of items.

The system for establishing child support levels in Louisiana is one that is intended to put an emphasis on what’s fair. But not everyone always agrees on what factors should be taken into account to strike an equitable balance.

It’s important to keep in mind that the Louisiana system for setting payments is motivated by an overarching desire to serve the best interests of the children involved. But fairness also needs to be addressed and this is where the help of an experienced attorney can be important.

Very often, the father winds up bearing a larger share of the financial responsibility. But the guidelines the courts are supposed to follow are meant to deliver a support level and a sharing of costs to ensure that the children don’t suffer financially by the family’s breaking up. So the sums each parent pays are supposed to reflect the percentage each parent contributes to their combined income.

Job losses and other negative changes in circumstance do occur and can lead to thoughts that child support amounts should be changed. But pursuing a support modification shouldn’t be done without first fully understanding the current state of the legal landscape.

For everyone’s peace of mind and confidence it’s best to consult skilled counsel, and this is something our firm is set to offer.

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