The child support, calculated by the child support guidelines, is not high enough to support my child’s accustomed standard of living. Does the district court of Oklahoma have to follow the guidelines?

“The child support, calculated by the child support guidelines, is not high enough to support my child’s accustomed standard of living.  Does the district court of Oklahoma have to follow the guidelines?”  The Oklahoma child support guidelines are typically followed by the district court, but in certain situations, the Oklahoma court will order a deviation in the guidelines.  This means the child support ordered is different than what the child support guidelines state.  Usually, this will happen when the gross monthly income of the parties is over $15,000.00 because the child support will not take into account the accustomed standard of living of the child.  When a deviation is requested, the court will look to see the child’s needs, the parent’s ability to pay, and the child’s prior standard of living.

For more information or if you need help deviating from the Oklahoma Child Support Guidelines, contact us here, or call 405-542-2529.

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