Fixed yet variable.
That is a suitably apt description for the contours of child support in Connecticut. We note on our website at the established New Haven family law firm of Berdon, Young & Margolis that, while a set formula largely governs support outcomes, “the court can [also] allow flexibility for certain circumstances.”
That fluidity in the subject matter – the predictability yet variability in a given case – often makes it necessary for a divorcing spouse to timely seek help from proven family law counsel. On-point and persuasively presented input to a judge concerning reasons for guideline deviations can often secure favorably modified outcomes for a client.
There are many reasons why a child support recipient or payer might reasonably seek adjustment to a court’s original support order. One or both of those persons might suffer a job dislocation. Perhaps an unforeseen – and costly – medical problem arises. A child could develop a special-needs condition. Relocation to another state for work or family support is sometimes necessary.
How custody is worked out is also a key factor underscoring a Connecticut court’s support determination. We specifically spotlight joint custody on our firm’s website, noting that a judge often sees fit to deviate from customary support guidelines in shared-parenting situations.
The bottom line with Connecticut child support is that, notwithstanding its judicially set-in-stone look and feel, creative and flexible outcomes can often be fashioned.
Experienced family law attorneys with decades of advocacy on behalf of clients with support questions and concerns can provide further information.