When it comes to divorce, the hardest issues always involve children, custody, and child support.

The State of Idaho has established guidelines that determine child support rates. The rate usually is based on the incomes of both parents, which are verified by W-2s. The calculations, however, aren’t so cut-and-dry if one parent is self-employed or earns a significant amount of non-traditional income (for example, if he or she earns a year’s worth of income by opening a fireworks stand in July.)

Idaho child support guidelines stipulate that parents must share the expense of childcare, health insurance, and all medical, dental, and optical expenses that aren’t covered under the child’s insurance.

The court decides how much the non-residential parent pays at the same time it determines division of property. Of course, divorcing parents can always work together to design a custom child support plan. A good child support lawyer can help the parties reach a suitable and mutually beneficial arrangement. The Idaho courts then review the arrangement, evaluating it for fairness and its impact on the child or children, and finalize it. If two parents cannot agree on a child support arrangement, they may be represented by an attorney in court.

Fair treatment in child support matters

Child support attorney Derek Pica will make sure you receive fair treatment as child support amounts are calculated. When income is reported to the courts, certain circumstances can affect the numbers. Was all income reported, including income earned in a seasonal business or in the course of self-employment? If necessary, the law office of Derek Pica can investigate and verify actual income, representing you each step of the way.

Idaho Child Support Modification Attorney

In the years following a divorce, each parent’s situation will naturally go through changes, especially when it comes to earnings and income. This is the reason the State of Idaho allows a parent to question the relevance of an older child support agreement. In order to do this, one parent pleads that he or she has experienced significant changes to his or her circumstances.

Regardless of your situation, a seasoned attorney will fully understand the implications of Idaho’s child support guidelines and give you a true estimate of what you are entitled to receive or what you can expect to pay.


At the Boise, Idaho law offices of Derek A. Pica, PLLC, we have more than twenty years of experience helping everyday people with legal issues related to divorce, such as child support, alimony, and modification requests.

For an attorney who can honestly answer legal questions related to these and other child support matters, please contact the offices of Derek A. Pica, PLLC, for a free consultation.