South Carolina Child Support
|March 31, 2012||Posted by Child Support Help under Uncategorized|
South Carolina Child Support
The South Carolina child support system seems to be an eclectic mix of systems throughout the country and at the same time showing some resemblance to North Carolina which can be read about in a previous article. Either way a basic of understanding of what I consider to be the highlights of the system will give you more of an upper hand than the average person who usually walks into their situation blind when facing the South Carolina child support system.
When I first started to study the Carolinas I expected more similarities in the South Carolina child support system than there are and depending on who you ask that can be either a good or bad thing. I found the system to be a honest attempt and being as fare as possible and at the end of the article there will be a link for you to get started should you choose to do so. Almost immediately I find that the South Carolina child support systems uses the income shares model to determine a support order and if you aren’t familiar with the models used to come to support conclusions I’ve written an explanation article that can be found on the articles page. The South Carolina child support system attempts to stick to their variation of the income shares model in most cases with a few exceptions.
In the event the South Carolina child support system decides to deviate from the guidelines put in place there will have to be a written reason for the this action. One reason they will deviate from the guidelines is if you make more than $20,000 a month or $240,000 a year gross income then it turns into a case by case situation. A support order on average is usually no lower than $100 a month but of course depending on circumstances it’s possible for that to change. The South Carolina child support system will also deviate from the guidelines if the non custodial parent having an payment obligation set makes less than $750 a month in which case it becomes what is called a self support reserve situation. In this instance the South Carolina child support system declares that person needs at least $748 a month to live on before a 100% child support order can be accessed. While this may not be ideal, it offers some level of protection for the non custodial which is a lot more than some other states who will set a payment amount regardless of how much income you have coming in.
If the South Carolina child support system determines that you could be making more money than you are or that you’re intentionally unemployed then a potential income child support judgement can be entered based on how much the court believes you could be making. A good thing about this system of support is that if you have a current family with children in the home they will be taken into consideration when determining a support order as to not starve one child to feed another. They will not consider the other children in the home if you are a step parent without legal parenting rights in place. All in all the South Carolina child support system isn’t the worst I’ve come across and falls somewhere in the middle of the road which is good because it could be a lot worst just check out some other articles written here about other states. If you wanted to get started now here’s a link to their official for South Carolina child support system.