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.
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”.
"Kimberly made the experience of mediation much more comfortable than I had ever anticipated. I felt complete at ease being honest and speaking freely about all my concerns. She was very hepful in walking me through one of the most stressful parts of my life and I'm very thankful to her for her services." - A mediation client from September 2015
"Mediation with Kimberly was smooth. " - A mediation client from September 2015
"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