Child Support

Stillwater Child Support Attorney

How Is Child Support Determined in Oklahoma?

Establishing Child Support Fairly

In Oklahoma, child support is determined based off of a guideline created by the Oklahoma Legislature. This guideline is essentially a mathematical formula that takes into account a wide range of factors to come up with a child support amount.

Factors involved in determining child support include the following:

  • The amount or potential amount of money a parent earns or can earn
  • The amount of income that a parent receives
  • The number of children shared by the parents
  • The number of children born
  • The amount of time each parent spends with the children
  • Support received for children from other relationships
  • Expenses for health insurance, education, daycare, and more

There is no cookie cutter solution to any family law matter, least of all matters dealing with children and finances. At Campbell Law Office, PLLC, we understand that child support can become a divisive issue and lead to strife that affects all members of your family. Our goal is to provide legal resources and direction to help you achieve a positive outcome for you and your children.

As a small law firm, we provide personal attention and customized solutions to each of our clients’ cases. Over the years, we’ve helped many clients reach positive outcomes. Contact us today at (405) 331-6761 to learn more about your options and about our firm.

How Long Is Child Support Paid in Oklahoma?

Typically, child support is paid until the child turns 18. However, if the child has not graduated from high school, the support will continue until the child either graduates or turns 20 years old.

In some cases, the parents may agree that child support will continue through college. This agreement can be enforced by Family Law Court. However, unless the parents are in agreement, the court cannot enforce child support past the age of 20 unless otherwise provided for by law. For example, a child with mental or physical disabilities

Can You Go to Jail for Not Paying Child Support in Oklahoma?

Yes, the courts in Oklahoma may hold you in contempt of court if you do not make your child support payments. In addition, this criminal offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, meaning you could face up to four years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Modifying Child Support Orders

Life circumstances can change, and sometimes the terms of a child support order may need to be modified to better reflect the current situation. If you are facing a significant change in income, job loss, or other circumstances that affect your ability to pay or receive child support, it is important to seek legal assistance to modify the existing child support order.

Our experienced child support attorneys at Campbell Law Office, PLLC can help you navigate the process of modifying child support orders in Stillwater, OK. We understand the complexities of Oklahoma child support laws and can guide you through the necessary steps to seek a modification.

Some common reasons for modifying child support orders include:

  • Change in income
  • Job loss or unemployment
  • Change in custody arrangements
  • Healthcare or medical expenses
  • Education expenses

Our team will work closely with you to gather the necessary documentation, present a strong case, and advocate for your best interests in court. We strive to ensure that child support orders are fair and reflect the current circumstances of both parents.

An Experienced Child Support Attorney Can Help You Submit a Strong and Compelling Basis

Founding Attorney Alyssa Campbell views herself as not only a lawyer but as a counselor for her clients. You can be sure that you will be provided with all the resources and advice you need to make the best possible decisions in your case. Our firm is proud to be able to provide a high level of personal service that is rare in the legal field.

Contact us to set up an appointment to find out more about your child support case.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the consequences of not paying child support in Oklahoma?

Failure to make child support payments in Oklahoma can result in being held in contempt of court, leading to potential misdemeanor or felony charges, up to four years in jail, and a $5,000 fine.

Can child support be extended beyond the age of 18 in Oklahoma?

Child support in Oklahoma typically ends when the child turns 18, unless the child has not graduated from high school, in which case, it can continue until the child graduates or turns 20. In some cases, parents may agree to extend support through college, which can be enforced by Family Law Court.

How is child support determined in Oklahoma?

Child support in Oklahoma is determined using a guideline created by the Oklahoma Legislature, which factors in the income of both parents, the number of children, time spent with the children, support from other relationships, and expenses for healthcare, education, and more.

When should child support orders be modified in Oklahoma?

Child support orders in Oklahoma may need to be modified if there is a significant change in income, job loss, change in custody arrangements, healthcare or education expenses, or other circumstances affecting the ability to pay or receive child support. Seeking legal assistance is important for the modification process.

How long does child support last in Oklahoma?

Child support in Oklahoma is typically paid until the child turns 18, or until they graduate from high school or turn 20. In some cases, it may be extended through college if agreed upon by the parents and enforced by Family Law Court.

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