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Child Support

CHILD SUPPORT laws were completely overhauled in the State of Arkansas effective July 1, 2020. Support is now calculated by taking both parents income into account, rather than just the payors.

Each parent must complete the Affidavit of Financial Means. Based on said affidavits, the resulting gross income of both parents is combined. The new child-support chart is consulted in an overall support amount is set. Each parent’s percentage of the combined income is assigned to the child support number.

To see an example of a more traditional custodial parent and non-custodial parent worksheet see this example.

 

To see an example of a joint custody child support worksheet, see this example.

 

For a list of permissible deductions from income click here.

The costs of work related childcare and the child’s portion of the health (dental, etc.) coverage are also factored in these worksheets.
It is the opinion of Kimberly Morse Canova that overtime and bonuses are intended to be used in these calculations. For overtime, I suggest using a year’s average. For bonus income, a court can use what accountant’s call a “True Up”.

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  • "I recently mediated a domestic relations case with Kimberly Canova and Adell Ralston. I have utilized mediation in several of my cases over the years; however, this was my first experience with co-mediators. I found utilizing co-mediators to be very worthwhile. It saved time, was cost effective, and made my client more at ease. Often times in mediation, as was the case in this matter, the mediator opts to caucus the parties. In doing so, many times my client and I are left waiting on the mediator for hours to come back with information from the other side. With the two mediators, we were able to keep the dialogue going and brainstorm throughout the time we were there, which I felt assisted us in coming to an agreement in a more timely manner. I also believe my client felt “heard” the entire mediation, which made her feel she got more from the experience and her money was well spent. " - M. Kemper, Attorney at Law

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  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Kimberly is very professional and knows what she's doing! Our mediation involved my grand daughter and she was excellent in making sure what was best for her, We highly recommend her to anyone in need of mediation,

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    5.0/5.0

    Very helpful and knowledgeable about family law. I would highly recommend her services.

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    5.0/5.0

    She is a great lawyer, she takes charge and gets things done. She helped put me at ease with my situation and her confidence helped me have confidence in myself during this time. She listens and is very attentive.

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    5.0/5.0

    Ms. Canova was my lawyer through my divorce and child custody battle. She is the main reason I was able to continue to have a relationship with my children and received joint custody. I had a very nasty divorce and her insight and legal knowledge h...

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    5.0/5.0

    Kim's years of experience shine through. I felt well advocated for. The interests of our child and the family were taken care of with competence and professionalism.

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