Milwaukee County Attorneys Helping With Wisconsin Child Support Matters
Give Your Child the Support They Need
It is important that your child receives the utmost care and support, no matter how the family dynamic has changed. Most parents are capable of providing emotional support to their child but may struggle with being able to provide financial support.
Regardless, it is the responsibility of both parents to provide financially for their child. At Laster & Associates LLC, our child support lawyers fight to get your child the support he or she deserves.
Child Support: It is the Law in Wisconsin
One or both parents must pay child support for a child:
Under the age of 18 years old, or
Who is 18 but under 19 years old and in the process of obtaining a high school diploma
Support includes paying for the child’s food, shelter, and other necessities. Variable costs – expenses in reasonable excess of basic support, such as tuition and recreational expenses – may also be mandated by the court.
The amount of child support in Wisconsin is determined by state guidelines which take into account the paying parent’s gross pre-tax income and the number of children they are responsible for supporting. For example, 17% of the paying parent’s income, under the guidelines, goes toward the care for one child; this increases to 25% for two children and reaches 33% for five children.
The court does not, however, strictly adhere to these guidelines. The court considers placement of the child
in addition to the income of the family in determining the amount of child support payments. As you can see, it is important to consult with a skilled child support attorney
prior to going to court.
If your family circumstances change, the court may also modify a child support order. No matter what obstacle you face, the dedicated attorneys at Laster & Associates are here to help you.
Past-Due Child Support
If a parent is past due on child support payments, there may be serious consequences, including:
Interception of tax refunds
Denial of loans
Suspension, restriction, or denial of a driver's license, or other action by the court