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Child Support 

Child support is used to provide financial assistance to the parent who has primary custody of the children. Child support is used to offset the costs of having children, such as food, clothing, and other expenses. 

Child support may still be paid where the parents share equal time with the children, if one parent makes substantially more money. It is calculated by a statutory formula, although there is room for deviation. 

If Child Support is Calculated with a Formula, Why Do I Need a Lawyer? 

The truth is, you may not need a lawyer. If the non-custodial parent has a job that is 100% "on the books," and you are certain he or she has no other source of income, then the Support Magistrate on your case will calculate the presumptive amount of support using the non-custodial parent's most recent w-2. If both parties agree to the presumptive amount, your case could be over in a day. 

However, there are many instances in which it becomes necessary to have counsel in support cases. For example, situations in which the non-custodial parent:

  • Receives cash compensation 
  • Has recently changed positions and is making significantly more money
  • Has recently lost employment, either voluntarily or through his or her fault
  • Has recently lost employment but received a severance package 

It may also become necessary to prove a violation of a child support order or defend against a downward modification. 

Our child support attorney has experience dealing with these unique situations and is familiar with the necessary methods of obtaining financial information from the non-custodial parent. Contact Quattrini Law, PLLC for an informed discussion of your potential case. 

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