We can help you solidify a fair and equitable child support agreement.
When married parents decide to separate or divorce and only one parent receives full custody, the other may be required to make regular child support payments. When determining how much child support is owed, many factors are considered, such as the:
- Basic financial needs of the child for insurance, education, day care, and any special needs
- The income and the needs of the parent who maintains full custody of the child
- The income of the parent who will pay child support
- The standard of living the child had before the separation or divorce occurred
If you are in the midst of the divorce or separation process and child support has become a pressing issue, the court will look over your financial situation in great detail, reviewing your monthly income and regular expenses.
Clearing Up Child Support Questions
Here at Law Office of Janice V. Coulter, we are intent on helping our clients keep and establish a good relationship with their children, even in troubling times such as a divorce or breakup that directly impacts the children of this relationship. There are many questions that come up when we discuss child support with our clients in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, and we would love to take the chance to address some of them here.
- How long will I have to pay child support? You are required to pay child support as long as the child is a minor. Some exceptions include if the child is emancipated, enlists in the military or if your parental rights are terminated in court. You should always check with a lawyer regarding your situation and rights, since some states have different laws.
- Does child support only apply to mothers? No, child support is something that either party can seek from the other, regardless of gender or sex. In the case of child support, it is often your income and the time you are able to spend with your child that are factored in to determine child support.
- What if my ex and I never married; are they still obligated to pay child support? Whether or not you and your ex “tied the knot” is unimportant in the eyes of the law. Biological parents are required to support their children, no matter the legal ties that were made or not made with each other.
- Do I need to pay child support if I only have limited custody? Child visitation and child support are different and not interdependent. Even if you have limited custody, you still need to pay your full child support amount that was legally awarded in court.
These are just some of the questions we run into here at Law Office of Janice V. Coulter. For other answers to any other questions, please contact us today.
Whether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent, your interests in paying or receiving child support may be at the forefront of your mind at this time. At the Law Office of Janice V. Coulter, we are prepared to protect your best interests and ensure that your rights, as well as the rights of your child, are preserved at this time.
We understand that child support orders can become complicated, and our role is to incite confidence, so you can move forward with greater understanding and peace of mind. We would be happy to sit down with you in Charlotte, North Carolina and discuss your case in greater detail, so please contact our office today.