Decision of Lowering Child Support Amount Upheld

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

In a recent decision, the firm was successful in arguing that the findings of a Support Magistrate should be upheld. The support order reduced the child support amount and deviated from the CSSA statutory formula percentages in a matter where the subject child was employed, had a child and was residing with his own child's mother at least some portions of the week. In reviewing the mother's objections to the Support Magistrate's order, the Family Court found that the Support Magistrate's factual determinations are afforded considerable deference and the court did not abuse its discretion in lowering the child support amount despite the conflicting testimony of the parties and evidence adduced at the hearing.