Child support is important for kids who are growing up between homes and families. It’s there to give them the financial support they may have had if they were growing up in a two-parent household. It helps give them access to the things they need, like food and shelter, but it can also be used to give them access to activities like extracurricular sports or to schooling, like college.
Every state has its own guidelines for child support. Louisiana bases child support on the needs of the child as well as the resources that the parents have access to. This helps keep the system fair.
How long do parents legally have to provide for their children in Louisiana?
By law, parents must provide financially for their children until their children reach the age of 18. Support might need to continue in some cases, such as if the child is still dependent on either parent or hasn’t reached the age of 19. Children who are in secondary school or an equivalent full time may also still benefit from financial support from both parents.
Who pays child support in Louisiana?
Generally, the noncustodial parent is responsible for child support. How much they pay is dependent on the amount they earn. If they earn more than the custodial parent, they’ll be expected to pay more. Similarly, if they earn less, they’ll pay less. In joint custody cases, the time spent with each parent is carefully considered before determining if child support needs to be paid.
Your attorney can give you more information on what to expect if you believe that you will need to pay or need to receive support.