If you have an ex-spouse that is requesting child support payments from you, then you may be wondering what your next move should be. There are several options available to you and your attorney when it comes to child support enforcement. In most instances, the first place that you should look is your local family court. The Family Court is where all family law matters are decided and where support payments are issued. This is also where you will be able to file for a modification of your child support payment if necessary.
Generally, the court will make child support payments to the spouse that pays the most amount every month. If either parent is unable to pay the full set amount, then the court will make adjustments to the payment. These adjustments can greatly vary and can either raise the amount or reduce it.
Consulting a Lawyer
If you are receiving these child support payments and they are too low to make a difference in your financial situation, then you may wish to consult with a child support lawyer. There are several things that you can do if you are receiving support orders that are significantly lower than the ones that you should be paying. First, talk with a financial advisor or an accountant to see if there are any adjustments that you can make on your tax returns. Often there are tax deductions that can offset a substantial portion of the deficiency amount. Be sure to speak with your tax advisor about this.
Second, contact family law attorneys for advice. There are often cases where the lower payments that the custodial parent receives can be adjusted or the entire array amount can be forgiven. Your family law attorneys can advise you on your legal rights and can help you find out if any adjustments can be made on the child support payments that you are currently paying.
It is also important that you speak with an experienced child support lawyer when you are having a child support dispute. An attorney who has experience working in this area of the law will know all the laws and technicalities that surround child support enforcement and can represent you in court when you need to. An attorney who only has experience working in this area may not have the necessary skills to represent your best interests when it comes to the enforcement of the court-ordered child support payments. An attorney who is skilled in family law and child support litigation can fight for your interests when other professionals fail to do so.
In many non-custodial parents, the non-custodial parents refuse to cooperate with the custodial parent in pursuing child support enforcement. Often, the non-custodial parent is aware of the consequences of cooperation with the non-custodial parent in child support enforcement. The non-custodial parent may be aware that the non-custodial parent makes more money than he or she does. The non-custodial parent may also be aware that the non-custodial parent is not required to make child support payments. The non-custodial parent may have good knowledge about the non-custodial parents best interests when it comes to pursuing enforcement of the child support payments.
If your existing child support order was previously modified, you must speak with a family law attorney before you attempt to modify that order. Many family law attorneys believe that once the modification has been implemented, the modification itself is retroactive and will affect any future enforcement efforts. Therefore, you must speak with a family law attorney before you attempt to make any modifications to the existing child support order.
If you have a garnishment or wage garnishment against you, some avenues can help you protect your rights during the process of an application for a modification of your child support payments. An experienced family law attorney may be able to get your case dismissed if there has been a violation of your legal rights during the process. If you have an agreement between the custodial parent and the supporting parent regarding the payment of these monies, this may be enough to protect you from being ordered to make payment modifications. If there is not a written agreement as to the number of alimony payments that are required and the number of support payments that are required, you may wish to consult with an experienced attorney who may be able to seek modification on your behalf with the assistance of an experienced attorney.