Child Support in Louisiana

Child support is awarded to the party that has custody of the child. It is based upon the party requesting child support being in need and the other party having the ability to pay. The law provides for a schedule to calculate the amount of child support based upon the incomes of each parent. The income is gross income per month. Gross income means all sources of income without deduction of any expenses. The total child support amount is derived by adding the two parents monthly income together and finding the nearest amount on the child support schedule based upon the combined income and the number of children. This amount is multiplied by the percentage of combined monthly income for the parent paying child support. Certain adjustments are allowed such as health insurance paid for by the parent for the child and any extraordinary expenses of the child such as day care or private school. A judgment of child support will be retroactive back to the date of the request for the child support.