In Louisiana, child support is determined using guidelines set forth in La. R.S. 9:315 et seq. that utilize the income shares approach. Child support is calculated using the income of both parents.
Determining the income of a parent can be complicated by many factors. When a parent is self-employed, voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, sharing expenses, receiving disability or redirecting income, a court must make a very subjective decision regarding that parent's income for the calculation of child support. A child support award can be modified upon a showing of a material change in circumstance.
The primary function of an attorney in child support proceedings is to convince the trier of fact of the proper income of the parties in order to ensure that child support is properly calculated.
As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst ®, Kevin Edler is uniquely qualified to assist his clients in ensuring that the opposing parties' income is adequately represented in the child support calculation.