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Louisiana Child Support

In a Louisiana divorce, both parents are obligated to support any children from the marriage. To determine child support, Louisiana adopted child support guidelines, which are followed unless the factors seem unfair or not in the best interest of the child.

The Louisiana divorce court uses the following standards to determine whether to use the child support guidelines or not:

  • Extraordinary medical expenses of the child or paying parent
  • Permanent or temporary disability of the paying parent
  • Need for immediate or temporary support
  • Extraordinary marital debt
  • Combined income of the parents is less than what's outlined in the guidelines charts
  • Other relevant considerations

If the Louisiana divorce court decides to use the guidelines, child support is calculated by estimating the amount of support that would have been available to the child if the marriage had remained intact and dividing it proportionally by the parent's percentage of income.

Find out how much you can expect to pay or receive in child support today. Speak with a local Louisiana divorce attorney about child support and divorce. Call 877-349-1310 or fill out a Louisiana divorce case review form to find Louisiana divorce lawyers near you.

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The above synopsis of Louisiana divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Louisiana divorce lawyer in your area.

Louisiana divorce laws were last updated July 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.