As part of its many programs, the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services helps establish and enforce court orders for the financial welfare of children. The Child Support Enforcement program facilitates the process of determining child support, according to state guidelines.
Baton Rouge separated and divorced parents: remember the word "significant." You'll hear Louisiana family judges use the word when making decisions about changes in child support agreements. Modifications of monthly payments aren't likely to occur unless a court feels significant changes have occurred in a payer, recipient or child's life.
In almost every state, child support is determined by a standard calculation that takes into account the income of both parents and the number of children involved. Once the child support amount has been decided, however, that may not be the end of it. One or both parties can go back to the court to request a modification of child support based on a variety of factors.
A federal lawsuit by four same-sex couples who were legally married in other states is asserting that Louisiana's state constitutional ban on recognizing such marriages violates their federal constitutional rights. One important motivation and issue in the case for at least two of the couples involves child custody. Each of the couples has a daughter, 10 months old and 2 and a half years old respectively. Under Louisiana state law, only one member of each couple is recognized as the legal parent of each child. This is the case whether the child was born to the couples during the marriage or adopted.