In Oklahoma, there is a statutory state formula that is followed when calculating how much child support is to be paid. The formula takes into account each parent’s financial circumstances. In this way, a fair amount may be reached that assists the custodial parent in taking care of the child without imposing an unreasonable financial burden on the paying parent.
There are times, however, when a parent’s financial circumstances change. This is true both for the custodial parent and the noncustodial parent. The child’s needs may also change over time. Because of this, it is possible for either parent to seek a child support modification that reflects what is needed to raise the child in a way that better aligns with each parent’s ability to pay.
The failure of a parent to comply with a child support order is a serious situation. Wage garnishment, the withholding of a tax refund or even jail time are all possible penalties a paying parent may face if he or she fails to pay child support.
If a parent is seeking to establish a child support order, needs help enforcing one or is seeking a modification of an existing order, it can help to have a dedicated attorney at one’s side. The attorneys at Baysinger Henson Reimer & Cresswell PLLC have represented both mothers and fathers in child support cases, and they understand that families are always evolving. Our child support overview may be a good resource for parents with questions about child support in Oklahoma.