Child Support

Child Support Attorneys

A divorce is almost never easy, and when minor children are involved, the emotional and legal difficulties increase significantly. A major issue that needs to be handled with expert care and skill is that of child support. Whether you need to establish an order for child support, enforce it or modify it, the child support attorneys can offer you elite legal assistance throughout the divorce process and beyond.

Child Support Law

As a matter of policy, both the father and mother have a legal obligation to provide financial support for their children. The Income Shares Model to determine child support, which uses a formula based on gross income and number of children to determine the average amount needed to cover expenses for:

  • Transportation
  • Basic public educational expenses
  • Clothing
  • Entertainment
  • Housing
  • Food

After the base child support obligation has been established, modifications can be made for medical and child care costs or other appropriate expenses, in particular when the non-custodial parent has been granted at least 120 overnights of parenting time per year. Deviations can only be made by the court if they are in the best interests of the child and the original award is determined to be unjust, or if both parties come to an agreement beforehand to a different award. Typically, a parent can receive child support until the minor child is 18 years of age, or 20 years of age if they have not graduated high school at that point. If the child is mentally or physically disabled, child support may extend past the 18th birthday as well.

Family Lawyers Sensitive to Child Support Issues

Our family lawyers are sensitive to the emotional and personal difficulties that can arise during the determination of child support. Each part of the divorce proceeding brings with it a unique set of challenges, and you need to be assured that your child support attorney not only understands the complicated laws involved but also has the ability to work with opposing counsel and judges in order to put forth the strongest case that protects your interests. Our Firm will make sure that you understand your rights and the support you and your children are entitled to under state law.

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