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Determining Child Support In Iowa
Iowa courts may order child support as the result of a divorce or when a child is born outside of marriage. You may need the help of an experienced lawyer to ensure that the support you are entitled to receive or ordered to pay is calculated fairly.
The family law attorneys of Janssen Law, PLC, represent parents who pay child support as well as parents who have the right to receive it. Call us at 515-421-9068 for a free initial consultation. From our office in Des Moines, we serve fathers and mothers in central Iowa.
How Is Child Support Determined In Iowa?
Iowa courts typically order the parent who does not have primary care custody to pay reasonable and necessary support to the parent with primary custody. The amount of support is usually determined using a formula that considers:
- The number of overnights each parent has with the child
- The incomes of both parents
- Which parent pays for health care and day care
- Other needs your child has
- How many children the parents support
Income can be difficult to determine if one parent is self-employed. In some cases, a forensics accountant may be needed to ensure that a parent reports all of his or her income. Courts may impute income if a payer is earning less than he or she could be earning.
In addition to representing your interests when support is determined, our lawyers can help you:
- Enforce a child support order if a parent is not paying support
- Modify a child support order if your financial circumstances change and support should be higher or lower