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Raising a child is never easy, but it becomes a lot more complicated when you are forced to do it on your own. Whether you are in a situation where you are divorced and caring for the child on your own, or were involved briefly in a relationship with someone who did not become your spouse yet they are still the parent of your child, caring for this child on your own or for the vast majority of the time can make it a real challenge.
Receiving Financial Help
While many mothers and fathers have done an amazing job at raising their children virtually on their own, it might be difficult to provide for all of the needs that your child may have all by yourself. You may need help, especially financially to properly take care of your child’s needs.
Children have a lot of expenses that can be difficult for one person to bear on their own. Medical insurance, educational expenses, food, clothing, and other daily necessities that a child needs can be quite costly over time, and this does not even consider the occasional emergency that may arise. That can throw your entire budget out of whack, and this is why the need for child support can be essential.
What Can Child Support Do For You?
Child support can take a great deal of pressure off of you and allow you to get your child everything that he or she needs to be successful and grow healthy and happy. Things such as clothing for school, new bedroom furniture, food, and other necessities can be provided through child support.
You may also find that your child needs special educational services, medical care, or other issues where that extra money could play a significant role in how successful he or she will be. Child support can be quite beneficial in helping you to cater to these expenses, and in reducing your own personal stress level as you struggle to figure out a way to pay for all of these things.
How to Get A Court Order for Child Support
You are likely to find that you are in need of child support to help you care for your child, but knowing exactly what to do may seem rather complicated and daunting at times. Whenever you consider filing for child support, you should seek out the assistance of a family law attorney. A family law attorney will not only help you gather all the resources you need, but work with you and the non-custodial parent to determine the best possible child support plan.
You never know what kind of situation the other parent may create, and having a professional who understands the legal system can be useful for you, especially if the other parent has an attorney of their own.
How to File for Child Support
You can visit your local courthouse or even browse their website to obtain the documents you need to file for the child support. In most counties across the country, there are specific documents that need to be filled out to spell out exactly the amount of money you are spending, providing, and needing.
Get the Proper Documentation
Before filling out this paperwork, you need to consider some important things. First of all, don’t lie about anything. If something costs a certain amount of money don’t try to fudge the numbers in an attempt to get more. The court is going to review every claim you are making, and your actions to try to defraud the court will come back to haunt you.
Also, ensure that you are detailed with information as possible. What the court is looking for is to find out exactly how much money you make, what kind of expenses you are required to pay, and how much will be needed to care for your child. They will then make a determination that is fair and equitable for everyone involved, including the other parent.
What to do If You Have Questions
If you are having questions in filling out the paperwork, there is usually legal assistance provided at the courthouse for those who are in need of this kind of assistance. It’s not going to be incredibly detailed, but it should give you enough direction to handle the situation. In addition, don’t be afraid to ask an attorney for some assistance. Many will be willing to assist you without charging a fee.
Turn it in to the Courthouse
Once you have filled out all the paperwork, take it into the courthouse and turn it into the court itself. There will be some administration area where you turn in a document such as this and they will assign you a case number. There may be a fee for filling out this paperwork. If you are unable to pay this amount, let them know and there are usually options available to you so that the court case can still proceed.
Prepare for Court
Now just be prepared to go to court when you are called. One of the most essential details you will need to make sure that is included in that paperwork is where the father of your child is located and who exactly that is. If the court cannot find the person because you have been unable to provide this information, you may lose summarily. However, if they just failed to show after being served, you will most likely be awarded the exact amount you want.
As you can see, it is not an extremely complicated process. It just requires a lot of time and a great deal of detail for you to do this. Once again, if you have questions related to child support orders, contact an attorney to assist you.
Call the Family Law Team at (480) 467-4348 to discuss your case today.
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