Helping Families Provide For Their Children
The South Carolina Child Support Guidelines govern the calculation of the majority of child support obligations in the state. At the law firm of Beverly K. Ballinger, P.A., we are well-versed in handling all legal issues related to child support in South Carolina, including cases where it is difficult to calculate parental income or appropriate support obligations. We counsel and advocate for clients in issues related to initial calculation, failure to pay, and modifications and/or enforcement of existing child support orders.
We represent clients both initiating and defending against child support actions.
A Comprehensive Child Support Practice
Under South Carolina law, parents are obligated to provide “reasonable support” for their children. This support usually terminates when the child reaches 18 years of age, unless: (1) the child becomes emancipated sooner, (2) the parents agree to continue providing support, or (3) special circumstances exist that justify requiring parents to continue providing support for their children. The family court can also order the continuation of child support beyond the age of 18 if the child is still attending high school.
Extenuating circumstances may exist that allow deviation from the Guidelines. However, deviation from the Guidelines should be the exception and not the rule. Possible grounds for deviation include:
- Consumer debts
- Educational expenses for the child or parent
- Cases where a parent’s income exceeds the amount contemplated by the Guidelines
- Substantial disparity of income between the parents
- Extraordinary expenses of a parent or child