We offer a free twenty minute consultation to discuss your basic child support questions. Most people's questions can be answered in the free twenty minute consultation. A longer consultation is available for more complicated cases for a minimal fee.
We handle cases through the Department of Child Support Services and cases through the local family law courts. We handle child support cases when the parents are not married to each other as well as child support issues as part of a divorce.
Frequently Asked Questions About Child Support:
How much is child support? The amount of child support is determined by a computer program. This computer program considers the number of children, how much each parent earns, how much time the children spend with each parent, the amount each parent pays for health insurance, whether or not there are other children the parent must support, the tax filing status of each parent, whether each parent pays a mortgage or rents an apartment, the amount of child care expense paid, and a few other factors.
How do I get child support? You should get a court order. Sometimes the parents can agree to a specific amount for child support. If not, the Court can order the amount of child support to be paid. Child support may include a requirement to pay for the children's health insurance and/or part of the day care or after school care expenses so both parents can work or get job training.
How do I change the amount of monthly child support? You should get a court order to change the amount of child support. Our attorney can explain the steps required to get a court order. You will need to file documents with the court. Sometimes you need to go to court for a hearing.
What happens if the child support is past due? We may be able to help you collect past due child support or negotiate a payment plan to pay past due child support, including unpaid child care and health care expenses.