This post will be brief and is simply to serve as a reminder to the family law bar that, as you are most probably aware, the South Carolina Child Support Guidelines have been revised, effective July 1, 2014.
Although I have not yet had the time to make a line-by-line comparison between the 2006 Guidelines and the 2014 version, I did notice that the “maximum combined earnings level” has been increased to $30,000 per month or $360,000 per year, above which thresholds the court would establish the amount of the payor’s child support on a case-by-case basis.
I also noticed under “Unusual Custody Arrangements – Shared Parenting Arrangements” where a “graduated support obligation” would be used if the nonplacement parent has more than 109 overnights but less than 128 overnights of timesharing, including provisions addressing the mechanisms to be used by the family court in determining the amount of the payor’s support obligation.
Finally, there is a revised “Periodic Review” provision which will certainly be of interest both to the family court bench and bar.
As I continue to work through these “comparisons”, I will try and post further comments in the future.