Child Support Issues and Lawyers
If you and the father or mother of your dependent child is separating, you need to address the issue of child support without delay. Even if your separation is one you'd refer to as "amicable", it's critical that you legally bind the non-custodial parent to providing some kind of weekly or monthly monetary child support.
However, that doesn't always happen. Just turn on the television or look in the newspaper and you'll read horror stories about child support battles. Many times, these wars began innocently enough. The mother of the child would get a few dollars from the father of the child (whom she was divorcing or from whom she was separated.) All seemed well and finances were okay.
Down the road, though, the non-legally binding child support began to dwindle. The mother of the child felt resentful as the father of the child began withholding the dollars he had been giving her. Finally, the mother of the child found herself resorting to suing the father of the child for child support.
Who suffers the most in this child support scenario that is played across the globe every day? The child, of course, since many times the custodial parent of the child begins to use the child as a "pawn". ("Give me the child support or I won't allow you to see your child.")
What couples need to do is plan the child support before their situation deteriorates. Even the most amicable divorces or separations need specific child support arrangements; that's because situations change in a heartbeat, and no one can truly predict what will happen tomorrow.
If you are considering a divorce or separation and you have a dependent child, we urge you to contact our child support lawyer today. One of our legal representatives will be happy to inform you of your rights and of the child support laws in your state. Because this is a very emotional time for you and your child, we'll assist by taking the legal burden off you. After all, you should be spending the time concentrating on making the family transitions as easy for your offspring as possible, not worrying about how much in child support your spouse or significant other should pay each month.
The sooner you arrange child support through a lawyer, the better off everyone will be. Then, down the road, you won't have to be forced to relive the separation again through child support proceedings that could have been avoided by preventive measures.