Respected Child Custody and Support Lawyers
Child support is determined by a formula set by state law. In general, the formula takes into consideration gross income, monthly income, assets, debts, and other factors. Since child support is intended for the upkeep and maintenance of a child, it is not optional. It is also not intended as an award for the custodial parent or a punishment for the noncustodial parent. If the parent ordered to pay child support fails to pay as ordered, he or she can be held in contempt of court. In order to collect back-owed child support, the court may garnish wages or suspend a person’s driver’s license, depending on the circumstances. At Rittgers & Rittgers, our lawyers offer more than 200 years of combined legal experience. We know how to fight for your rights and protect your interests and the interests of your child.
The statutes that relate to child support involve a formula that takes income and other factors into account. This formula is only as good as the numbers entered. It is important to know that the laws relating to child support are not black and white. They are nuanced and complex. There are factors that can allow for deviation from the formula. We have the in-depth knowledge of the law to work with you on meeting your financial needs and those of your children.
Child Support Modifications
If your material conditions change substantially, you can petition the court to modify child support payments. Support modifications can be used by a noncustodial parent to reduce the amount of child support paid when illness or loss of employment prevents you from complying with the terms of your divorce settlement. Alternatively, if you are a custodial parent but have suffered a loss of income due to disability, job loss, or illness, you can request the court to increase the amount of child support paid by the noncustodial parent. In either case, it’s important to request a post-divorce modification to avoid a contempt charge and additional legal complications.
Child custody is one of the many complex issues in family law. It is often a hotly contested part of a divorce. Whether it involves shared parenting or unique visitation rights, you need a parenting plan that works for you and your child. We understand the law as it applies to child custody. We can help.
We understand that your family and your concerns are unique. We will work with you to understand those needs and determine the best method to meet them. We have been specially trained in collaborative law, a model based upon full resolution without the intervention of a judge. We are also experienced trial attorneys, ready to take your case to court to fight for you.
Throughout the process, we will remain in contact with you, ensuring that you are involved in every decision that impacts the future of you and your child.