How The Court Determines Child Support Terms
Along with child custody and parenting time, child support is often one of the most contentious aspects of a divorce agreement. Whether providing or receiving child support payments, the amount that is ultimately determined will significantly impact your household budget and the level of care you will be able to provide for your children.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Meridith A. Gregory, LLC, are skilled at identifying not only what child support terms are best for your child, but also for your own interests as well. We focus our practice on family law and divorce matters, and we collaborate with clients to craft resolutions that protect them.
How Are Child Support Payments Determined?
Resolving child support disagreements through mediation provides both parties with more flexibility related to this element of their divorce decree. If the decision is made by a family court judge, there are several factors they will consider:
- How many children you have
- Your custody and parenting time arrangement
- The income and expenses of each parent
- A parent’s potential to earn if they are voluntarily unemployed
- How much each parent contributes to health care, education and other expenses
In some special circumstances, judges may deviate from these factors when determining child support. Our firm’s lawyers can help you determine a payment request or respond to a payment request with options that may work for both parents.
Modifying And Enforcing Child Support Terms
Child support payment amounts are not permanent and often evolve with each parent’s change in income. Should one parent receive a substantial boost in income, or one parent lose their job or become disabled and unable to work, the terms of the child support agreement can be modified to reflect these changes.
When one parent fails to comply with these terms, you also have the right to take legal action. We always fight vigorously to uphold your rights as a parent and defend the well-being of your children.
Education Yourself And Take Action On Child Support Matters
Be prepared and proactive where child support is concerned. Call our office in North Andover, Massachusetts, at 978-655-4787 or our office in Satellite, New Hampshire, at 603-589-9629 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, or email us.