September 25, 2018

Child Support

Even though many people are not aware of this fact, the issues that pertain to child support are very different from the rest of the agreements made during a divorce settlement. For instance, many parents feel as though they are entitled to receive child support because they have given visitation rights to their ex-spouse. Similarly, others believe that because they are not able to see their child, they should not have to pay child support. However, these things do not work in such a way. Child support is determined by the need of the spouse who is given custody of the child or children, and the amount the other spouse is able to afford.

If you are worried about whether or not you will get child support during your divorce, we encourage you to come to our offices and speak with a legal expert. You can go over your case in a confidential manner, and they will tell you whether you have a chance of getting child support or not. The specifics are always decided in court, or through a settlement with the other party, but legal experts are able to give you ballpark figures based on the facts you tell them about your current situation.

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There is no shame in asking for child support. You are raising a child on your own, and your spouse has the financial means to pay you. Instead of having to work multiple jobs yourself, while you raise your child, you should receive a monthly sum that will make things easier on you and your child. It is the reason why child support exists, and we are happy to help spouses who are seeking divorce navigate through the messy legal issues involved with seeking and receiving child support. When you speak with one of our legal experts about the matter, you will know you are in good hands.

In terms of determining how much child support you should receive, the money being spent on your child will matter a great deal. It is important for you to make notes of the amount of money you currently spend on your child, and where the money comes from. As an example, if you are currently paying for your child’s housing, food and other expenses through money earned by your spouse, it is reasonable to assume they should continue paying you most of that money when you get a divorce.