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Oklahoma Family Law

Child Support

Every year the laws related to Child Support get more and more complicated. At Evan Taylor Law Office, PLLC we stay up-to-date on the latest trends in child support law in Oklahoma

Contact us to discuss your questions about child support in Oklahoma for an Oklahoma Child Support Lawyer. Evan Taylor is ready to discuss with you how we can help resolve your child support issues.

Problems with DHS Child Support Enforcement in Oklahoma?

Are you having problems with Oklahoma Child Support Enforcement?We routinely deal with Oklahoma Child Support Enforcement across Oklahoma. We are prepared to discuss your case with you and work out a solution to your concerns with Child Support Enforcement. Whether you are receiving child support or paying child support, we know the system and can help you navigate the often frustrating maze of the child support system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about Child Support in Oklahoma? We are prepared to answer your questions about child support. Let us know how we can help.

Will I have to pay child support if I don't have custody?

Yes, in most cases if you have fewer than 182 overnights with your children each year, you will have to pay child support under the Oklahoma guidelines. Oklahoma guidelines tell the court how to order child support based on your and the other parent’s income, the expenses related to the kids, and a few other factors.

How much is child support in Oklahoma?

In Oklahoma, child support is based on over a dozen factors. The most important factors are the incomes of each parent. The higher your income, generally, the higher child support will be if you are the paying party. Oklahoma Department of Human Services has an online child support calculator that can give you an idea about children support. You just need to make sure that your inputs are accurate, and it will tell you the amount of child support you may have to pay under the guidelines. The judge does have the ability to modify child support away from the guidelines, and the parties always have the ability to agree to a different amount.

How do you calculate child support in Oklahoma?

A basic child support calculation requires that we determine the following inputs:

  • Incomes of the parties
  • Number of children
  • Child Expenses (childcare, insurance, etc.)
  • Number of overnights with each parent

There are over a dozen factors altogether that can come into play. You can play around with the Department of Human Services online child support calculator to see how these inputs affect the child support calculation. You can also look through my blog to learn more about the mechanics of child support calculation.

What does my child support payment include?

Many people ask whether child support includes payment for school lunches, clothes, activity fees, etc. Unless the order says otherwise, child support generally includes payment for all expenses except uncovered medical expenses.

How can I claim my kids on my taxes?

The Internal Revenue Service defines the rules that tell you whether you can claim your children on your taxes. You should check these first and discuss your rights with your tax preparer. In Oklahoma, the judge can decide which parent gets to claim the children each year. In this case, you should follow the court’s order and discuss the order with your tax preparer.

What expenses do I have to pay in addition to child support?

Oklahoma law requires that the parents must each pay their share of uncovered medical expenses. Generally, child care and insurance costs for the children are included in the child support calculation. The court can make one party pay certain other extracurricular activity costs, private school tuition, travel expenses and such. If you currently have a child support order, you should read it carefully and follow the directions in the order. If you have questions about the order you should schedule a time to meet with an experienced divorce lawyer to to discuss it.

Can I get back child support?

Maybe. Oklahoma law does not allow back child support in a divorce case, and the obligation to pay child support usually begins after the case is filed. In cases where the parties were never married, the court can order child support up to five years in the past.