Determining Child Support in High Income Cases in South Carolina

September 7, 2021 | J. Benjamin Stevens | Share:

For the majority of couples in South Carolina, it is relatively easy to determine how much child support must be paid. Our state has Child Support Guidelines that consider a number of factors when calculating the total child support owed by both parties.

Though these calculations work well for most couples, there are some people at the upper end of the income spectrum for whom the Guidelines do not strictly apply.  In these situations, sometimes called “off guideline cases,” our Family Court Judges must instead make case-specific determinations when setting child support in high income cases.

The South Carolina Child Support Guidelines only calculate payments where the parents’ combined gross income is $30,000 per month ($360,000 per year) or less. This occurs more often than you might expect, particularly for doctors, dentists, business executives, attorneys, pro athletes, and other professionals.

The Guidelines provide that where income exceeds that threshold, it is up to the Court to determine the amount of child support in that particular case. Because judges’ decisions can vary widely when this occurs, it is especially important to hire an attorney that has experience with high income cases to ensure that child support is calculated fairly.

To learn more about the Child Support Guidelines in general, visit the South Carolina Department of Social Services website at 

Ben Stevens has provided exceptional legal counsel and support to families throughout South Carolina for over twenty-five years, handling all matters of family law, such as child custody, child support, and divorce.  He has handled countless cases involving high income (off guideline) cases, and he understands the intricacies and expertise these cases require.  His team is well-equipped to handle all divorce and family law matters, no matter your circumstances. Contact our office at (864) 598-9172 or to schedule an initial consultation.

Contact our office at (864) 598-9172 or to schedule an initial consultation.



Aggressive, creative, and compassionate are words Ben Stevens' colleagues freely use to describe him as a divorce and family law attorney. Mr. Stevens is a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and is a Board Certified Family Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is one of only two attorneys in South Carolina with those simultaneous distinctions. He has held numerous leadership positions in the AAML, and he currently serves as one of its National Vice Presidents. Mr. Stevens has a statewide practice and regularly appears all across South Carolina.  His practice is focused on complex divorce and child custody cases.

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