Child support is a payment made by a non-custodial parent to provide child with a necessary sum of money. The parent is compelled to pay the child maintenance by the trial after the marriage is over. The one who pays the child support is called an obligor. The one who gets it – an obligee, usually this role belongs to a custodial parent.
- • Possess a thorough knowledge of civil litigation. Your attorney is supposed to know all the aspects connected with family law, i.g. child support issues;
• Prepare legal pleadings and records. Your lawyer protects your interests on the court, so he is supposed to represent them;
• Calculate an amount of money. Different states do not have the same guidelines for a sum of the child support payments;
What is taken into account?
The calculations made for the payment are made according to:
- • An income of an obligor;
• An obligee’s assets ;
• Expenses for medical care;
• Child’s age;
• Everyday expenses;
What are you required to tell a lawyer?
- • Discuss with a child support attorney what arrangements you have with your ex-spouse. In case of non-payment the child maintenance payments, you will be supposed to represent these arrangements on the court;
• Show your personal financial information. It will be used during the calculation of the amount of child support;
• Bring all the divorce and child custody documents;
• Feel free to ask the questions you are concerned about.
Where to seek an attorney?
• Use special web sites intended to help you find a lawyer. Usually these sites upload all the necessary information related to the lawyer’s professional skills and qualities.
• Turn to your local association bar. These organizations provide with the legal help and will consult you through the phone.
How to understand that the lawyer is right for you
• Do not fall for an advertisement. No matter how well-made it is, such qualities as professionalism, education and a good knowledge must be on the top of the list of your demands.
• Objectiveness and analysis. The lawyer’s task is to evaluate your case from different sides. The lawyer is not supposed to agree with on every matter, but he should direct you by explaining what is right to do.
• Consult the reviews on your lawyer. The one who is praised for his professionalism and won cases is more likely to win yours than the one who was accused of unprofessionalism.