FAQs On Child Support From A Family Lawyer
If you are currently facing a child support case, you most likely have lots of questions. A family law lawyer Rockville MD from our friends at the Law Office of Daniel J. Wright has compiled a list of questions you should ask a family lawyer, questions you should ask about your case in general, and some other of the most commonly asked questions they receive about child support cases in general.
1) What are some questions I should ask before hiring a family law attorney?
- How many years of experience do you have practicing law?
- How much experience do you have handling my type of case?
- What would be your approach to resolving my issue or case?
- How often do you communicate with clients?
- How will I know what is going on with my case and how long will it take to resolve it?
2) What happens if the other parent isn’t paying their court-ordered child support payment?
If your ex is not paying their court-ordered child support payments you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. There are steps that can be taken to collect payment and other options you may have depending on your individual circumstances. Sometimes people do not understand that living with their kids does not equal shared custody. Unfortunately, many people confuse parenting time with shared custody. Parenting time is when one parent has physical custody of their children for part of each year and another parent has physical custody for another part of each year.
3) How can I get someone to start making court-ordered payments if they aren’t doing so already?
If someone is not paying, they could possibly be forced to pay back owed past-due child support. Some states have statutes that require a parent to pay back owed past-due child support to their ex-spouse. One option you have is to get an Order for Support signed by a judge. This court order has instructions that require your spouse or partner to pay you directly. If they fail to follow through with their obligations, they can be held in contempt of court.
4) How do you calculate back payments of unpaid child support?
There are three ways to calculate back payments of unpaid child support. Depending on your particular situation, one of these methods will likely be more advantageous than another.
1) The first method is called income shares and it uses a formula that divides both parents’ income by their combined number of children, which then determines how much each parent should pay in child support.
2) The second method for calculating back payments of unpaid child support involves estimating what each parent would have paid if they had been paying according to income shares.
3) The third method for calculating back payments of unpaid child support is based on actual expenses incurred by either party during those years when no payment was made.
If you have more questions, contact a family law lawyer for help with your case today!