When parents of young children breakup or divorce in Louisiana, one parent may be ordered to pay child support to ensure a couple's child or children receive the financial support they need from both parents.
Child support may be calculated based on the non-custodial parent's income and the amount of time the support-paying parent spends with his or her children. Because income is a major factor when determining child support, modifications may need to be made down the road when one's income increases or decreases drastically.
Recently, former NFL athlete Chad Johnson reported that he can no longer pay the amount of child support that he has been ordered to pay because he currently has no job. Johnson said that he was making $66,000 per month when he was ordered last year to pay $5,420 in child support every month. Now that he is unemployed, he may need to have his payments lowered to better reflect his current income.