Do I Need a Lawyer to Get Child Support?

To most parents, there is nothing more important in the world than their children. They try to do all they can to ensure their children grow up healthy and safe, and want every opportunity to be available to them for success.

Even those parents that have gone through a bitter divorce can often agree upon the fact that the non-custodial parent should be responsible for the care of the child or children. This means providing financial support to pay for such things as education, food and clothing, medical care, and the like. This term is referred to as child support.


Do I Need a Lawyer to Get Child Support?

While it is not required by law that you are represented by a family law attorney to receive child support, it is highly suggested that you do work with one. The benefits of working with a child support attorney far outweigh the costs of working with one. In something as crucial as the support of your child and your own financial well being, working with a child support attorney is the best way to establish an effective child support system.

An effective child support system is composed of financial, emotional and physical support. Working with a child support attorney will maximize the ability for these aspects of child support to be met. To get in contact with our family law team here at JacksonWhite Law, give us a call at (480) 467-4348 or fill out a form online.


Not All Child Support Cases are Simple

While in vast majority of situations child support is fundamentally understood, there are many instances where one parent outright refuses to pay for the care of their child, either because they are upset at the spouse, or upset at the fact that they were not granted custody of the child. Instead of handling it in a mature way, they choose to deny care for the child, not providing any kind of financial support, which can be detrimental to the care of the child or children.

There are also those parents who agree that their children should be taken care of, but find it unnecessary to pay on a regular basis or simply don’t provide enough support for the child. While they think that it will make the other parent suffer, it is actually their own children that suffers the most.


Child Support is the Solution

If you find that you are in a situation like the situation explained above, you should be well-aware that there are legal remedies to help you resolve this problem. Courts are extremely receptive to the custodial parent, ensuring that the other parent provides enough financial resources and aid necessary to care for the child long-term.

The court will make a determining amount to be paid based on a wide range of factors that include such things as the amount of money that each parent makes, other expenses or responsibilities that each parent is required to care for each month, the expenses necessary to care for the child or children, among others.


How Do I Start Receiving Child Support?

If you are in a situation where you need to gain child support from the other parent, the best thing you can do is to seek assistance from an attorney. Acting on your behalf, these advocates will go to the court and petition a judge to grant child support to pay for the expenses, which are necessary to care for the child.

This can be an effective means to get your financial situation under control. It is not your responsibility to care for the child all on your own. Both parents are expected to care for the child, and this means that the court can become the only avenue to ensure that both parents are providing their fair share to care for the expenses of the child.


Should I Hire a Lawyer for my Child Support Case?

This is a common question that many people ask as many of them are financially unable to pay for an attorney to assist them or they believe they can handle the problem on their own. This occurs a lot more often than you may think.

Yes, you should hire a lawyer for a child support case, but you are not required by law to do so.  You are able to handle any kind of petition to the court all on your own. You can fill out the paperwork, have the court serve it to the other parent, and appear in court completely on your own.


Understanding the Court System and Legal Cases

If you are unfamiliar with how the court system works, trying to navigate your way through on your own can be a daunting task. The legal system can be quite complicated, and child custody and support cases are no exception to that. There is a lot of paperwork that needs to be filled out, a lot of documentation that needs to be provided, and you need to accurately explain exactly what the court asks you to do.

Also consider that if the other parent has an attorney but you are representing yourself, you are putting yourself in a precarious situation. The attorney for the other parent will know exactly how to twist things and use the system against you, which can turn a solid case for yourself into a failure in no time at all. You can’t take a risk in a situation like this.

The only time that you should represent yourself in a child support case is when there is at least some agreement between you and the other parent on how the child should be cared for. If there are just some small details that need to be worked out then maybe an attorney isn’t needed. Otherwise, it is definitely in your best interest to seek the assistance of legal counsel.

 

Call the Family Law Team at (480) 467-4348 to discuss your case today.

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