When parents separate or divorce, they may need to establish or modify a child support order. A good child support lawyer can help parents understand their legal obligations and rights regarding child custody and support. A child support attorney can also help negotiate and enforce a child support order. They will use the courts child support guidelines to calculate an amount that the non-custodial parent should pay the custodial parent, called the obligee. They will consider both parties’ incomes, the number of children, custody time, travel expenses to visitation, health insurance, and other costs related to raising a child.
A court will review the case to determine if the requested child support is within the state guidelines. The judge will hear evidence from both sides and question witnesses. The judge will then make a decision and set the child support payment amount. The amount of child support that is paid and the frequency of payments will be recorded in the court’s official record. The judge will also give instructions to the support enforcement officer who will collect and distribute the child support payments to the appropriate parties.
If the obligor fails to pay child support, the court will find them “non-compliant.” The obligor’s professional and driving license can be suspended or revoked by the government agency responsible for collecting child support payments. They may also be subjected to other penalties. In addition, if the obligor is found not to be in compliance, they can be charged with a criminal offense.
Parents can agree to a child support amount that they think is reasonable. The agreement must be in writing and filed with the court. Once a child reaches the age of 18, or is married, self-supporting, or in the military, they are considered to have “emancipated” and the parents’ obligation to pay support ends.
Child support is a serious matter that can be highly volatile and emotionally charged. A Phoenix child support attorney can help resolve disputes and avoid lengthy legal battles that are not in the best interests of the child or the parents.
An experienced child support lawyer can ensure that all parties’ financial information is compiled and presented in an accurate and complete manner. They can also assist with determining the best approach to enforcement of a past due child support order. The skilled family law team at Dodge & Vega PLC in Phoenix are well-versed in the requirements for accurately calculating and establishing child support amounts. They work diligently to ensure that all relevant documents are gathered and reviewed so they can effectively represent their clients in court. They are committed to helping them reach the desired outcome of their cases. They strive to avoid drawn-out legal battles and stalemates by thoroughly reviewing all the available information in a timely manner. They have the resources to expedite matters and are prepared for aggressive collection of monies owed. Contact the Tucson office today to schedule an initial consultation. Hablamos espanol.