The divorce process is difficult enough, but when you have children to provide for, the situation can quickly escalate. Child support payments are made by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent until your child turns 18. The goal when reaching a child support payment agreement is to make sure that the support order is in your child's best interest. If the parties cannot come to an agreement outside the court, the court will intervene and decide what the payment will be.
Teresa O. Weiner has many of years experience in walking her clients through this process, from start to finish. Because the child support payment becomes a huge part of both parent's lives, she wants to make sure that the payment order is fair and benefits you and your child. Call 770-471-0092 today to schedule your child support consultation.
When filing for child support, bank statements, W-2's, paycheck stubs, tax returns from the other party, as well as your own are needed. Make sure you don’t leave the house without this documentation! You cannot tamper with another person’s mail, but if the information is lying around, get it and copy it.
Income Deduction Orders are standard but can be waived if the person paying the child support has timely and routinely paid the support to the other party.
Garnishment is an option in collecting child support if you have already been awarded support by court order.
There are deviations that will lower or increase the child support, including costs of daycare, travel expenses to exercise visitation, & extra-curricular activities. Make sure that if you come to court asserting that the cost of daycare should be considered, bring invoices, checks made out to the daycare, etc. The court won’t necessarily consider your daycare costs without documentation.
Insurance is credited to the party paying the premiums. This is not considered a deviation under the Child Support Worksheet. It does lower the overall payment of child support for the person paying.
Visitation has nothing to do with child support. Even if a non-custodial parent is not paying support ( court ordered or not) the visitation ( if ordered) must still be allowed or the custodial parent will be found in contempt.
Child support enforcement means that the child support order is enforceable in the court of law. If the paying parent become delinquent in their payments, they can be found in contempt. The court will then issue the legal action that they see fit.
Child support modification occurs when you can no longer afford the monthly child support payments due to a change in your financial circumstances. When this occurs, you must speak with a lawyer for the child support order to be modified.
If the neither parent has ever been to court regarding child support, he or she is still under an obligation to pay child support. The amount does not have to be set out in an order. There is a common-law obligation to pay support regardless and the non-custodial parent can be arrested for abandonment if one month passes and they have paid no significant maintenance/ support for the child/children.