Ensure Fair Child Support Payments Whether You Will Receive Or Pay Them
Amounts of child support are usually determined according to state guidelines that take into account factors such as:
- The number of children each parent is supporting or will support
- Which parent cares for a child most of the time
- The number of overnight stays per year that a child or children spend with each parent
- Each parent’s income
- A child’s health insurance, childcare and extraordinary needs
If you are separated from your child’s other parent or anticipate a separation or divorce, you need reliable information and guidance through the process of calculating child support. For example, the other parent may be self-employed and underestimate his or her income. Your child may incur extraordinary expenses for extracurricular activities or therapy because of special needs. These factors should be carefully accounted for.
Your Attorney’s Role In Supporting Your Viewpoint
Your child support order may be part of a divorce or it may be a stand-alone document. Either way, your concern will naturally be to make sure that you receive an appropriate amount or no less, or that you pay an appropriate amount and no more. Some parents feel an impulse to overpay, but it is best to keep your legally required child support payments as low as possible to prevent possible default someday. You can be generous in other ways in the meantime. This is an example of the kind of insight a good family law attorney can provide before and after a judge issues a child support order.
Whatever the specifics in your family’s finances are, you need a trustworthy family law attorney on your side. Lawyer TJ Walczak is a divorced father and a former first responder who understands the critical issues and extraordinary stress that can come from struggles and disputes over child support. If you already have a child support order, he can help you seek enforcement or a modification of that order, if necessary.