Child support is an important part of any separation agreement involving minor children. If you are trying to raise a child on your own, it is vital that you receive the proper financial support from the other parent. If you owe child support, it is important that you make the required payments unless you first obtain a court order modifying the agreement. Failure to do so can result in asset seizures, ruined credit ratings or even criminal charges.
In either case, you will want an experienced divorce lawyer in Tucson who knows how to best fight for your interests when it comes to fairness in child support issues. The law office of Steven C. Weinstein has an excellent reputation among divorce lawyers in Tucson, and provides the kind of representation you need to obtain the best outcome for your case.
All children are legally entitled to support. As a non-custodial parent, you will still be liable for support even if the child was born out of wedlock or adopted. In appropriate cases, even a custodial parent may be ordered to pay child support.
Children are presumptively entitled to support until the last day of the month of their 18th birthday. If they haven’t graduated from high school by age 18, then it extends until the graduation date or age 19 – whichever comes earlier.
The concept of child support is different from spousal support or alimony. Even if you don’t owe any alimony in a divorce or separation, you may still be required to pay separate child support.
The state considers any support obligations to take priority over all other financial obligations that you may have. The fact that you have other financial obligations outside of child support is generally not an excuse for missing payments. However, there are extenuating circumstances in some instances that can allow you to modify a child support order. Having a qualified attorney can help you petition the court for such changes and increase your chances for obtaining a fair adjustment.
The amount of child support owed is determined by a complex formula which considers factors such as:
The adjusted gross income of parents used for child support payments is different than what the IRS or tax authorities might consider to be “adjusted gross income” and works on a separate formula.
There are many factors to take into consideration when a court determines the amount of child support one owes. It is important that the court be appropriately apprised of all relevant facts before issuing its order.
Being forced to pay too much in child support can be financially crippling. Having someone who isn’t paying their fair share of child support can be devastating to both you and the child. If there are extenuating circumstances which require an adjustment of child support payments, you need an experienced advocate who can best argue your position to the court in order to best achieve an adjustment in a payment order, or help enforce payments in the case of delinquent parents.
Steve understands the financial and emotional pressures you face in child support cases and has the experience needed in a Tucson divorce lawyer to give you the best representation you deserve.
If you are a parent facing child support payment, need such payments from a parent who is not paying their fair share, or have any other legal issues related to child support matters, contact the Tucson office of Steven C. Weinstein today for prompt and effective legal assistance.