Hanover Child Support Lawyer
Parents have a legal and moral obligation to support and ensure the wellbeing of their children. When parents divorce, one of the main points of contention is often the extent of either party’s child support obligation. Because the wellbeing of your child is at stake, it is vital to work with an accomplished Hanover child support lawyer in these crucial legal matters. The dedicated attorneys at O’Connor Family Law have over 25 combined years of exclusive family law experience. Therefore, you can trust us to help you implement practical and creative solutions for any issues you are facing that involve child support.
Factors that Can Affect the Amount of Child Support a Parent Must Pay
Generally, when you think of the “every-other-weekend” situation where one parent is clearly the “non-custodial” parent and the parent whom has the majority of the time with the child is the “physical custodial” parent, that non-custodial parent is going to be obligated to pay the other child support, no matter what the incomes are between them. However, if the income disparity is extreme so that the lesser-earning spouse would not be able to support themselves or needs additional financial support, even if that parent is deemed the “non-custodial” parent, the facts may support the non-custodial parent being awarded an alimony payment that takes child support into consideration.
A shared parenting schedule where the parents share both time and expenses for the child fairly equal can affect the amount of child support a parent must pay. In cases where the parent’s income are fairly equal, there may be no child support order at all between them. Even in these shared situations though, if one parent earns more than the other (after deductions for expenses such as child care and health care), the higher-earning parent will generally still have to pay some amount of child support.
In addition to the incomes of both parents, the Court also considers the specific needs of the child, such as specialized medical care or special education costs. If a parent becomes unemployed, the Court may agree to decrease the amount of support they are required to pay, although this is not always the case. For example, if a parent quits their job in hopes of evading support payments, the judge is unlikely to empathize with this person and can instead assess a child support obligation based on their past income.
In extremely high-income cases, child support is based more on the needs of the children as the child support guidelines generally only account for the first $250,000.00 of the combined income between the parents. There is no pre-set formula in extremely high-income cases, so it’s very wise to have an attorney who knows how to make creative arguments surrounding the appropriate amount of child support that should be awarded.
Our team of Hanover lawyers can help someone draft a child support agreement, submit it for the Court’s approval, and present their case before a judge if a mutual arrangement is not possible.
How Long Does a Parent Have to Pay Child Support in Hanover?
Whenever child support is at stake, a common question parents have is how long the financial obligation will last. The statute provides for child support being paid until the child graduates high school or turns 18, whichever event happens later. That doesn’t mean child support ends when your child becomes a legal adult.
If your child resides in your or the other parent’s home and is principally dependent upon you and the other parent, child support can be awarded until the child turns 21. After the age of 21, the child must be enrolled in college and continue to be principally dependent upon you for child support to continue. Child support will almost always end when the child graduates from a four-year university or 23 years old, whichever happens first.
Other reasons besides just their age can affect whether child support can be ordered. Some of these reasons are if the child gets married or joins the military full-time. If you have a question about whether you can still receive child support or whether you should have to pay child support still, give our firm a call. We can help you run a cost-benefit analysis to see if it’s worth you filing a modification seeking a reduction or termination.
A Hanover attorney can clarify what a parent’s child support responsibility may be based on the particular facts of their case.
Contact a Hanover Child Support Attorney
A Hanover child support lawyer can advocate for your rights as a parent and help you pursue an arrangement that puts your child’s best interests in the foreground. Our team can answer questions regarding your case and discuss any concerns you have in a confidential legal consultation. To talk with an attorney about your child support matter, contact our office today.