Indianapolis Child Support Lawyer
Trying To Get Child Support? Get The Representation You Need.
Marriage may be a relationship based on love and affection, but it is also
fundamentally an economic arrangement that provides for the raising of
children. When a marriage ends in divorce, the duty of both parents to
provide for the economic needs of their children does not end. Each parent
has a legal responsibility to contribute to the support of the children, and the
divorce will not be finalized until the family law judge sees that arrangements
have been made for child support payments.
Matters of child support can be settled either:
- through out-of-court negotiations in an uncontested divorce
- by a judge in a contested divorce
In either case, it is important to
work with a lawyer who has the skill necessary to effectively advocate for you.
How Much Child Support Will I Have To Pay?
Several factors go into determining which parent will pay child support
and how much he or she will pay. Generally, the parent who receives primary
child custody will also end up receiving support payments. The amount of payment is
decided based on:
- an evaluation of the financial resources available to each parent;
- the standard of living that the children would have enjoyed had the marriage endured;
- the needs of the children
At Bowen & Associates, LLC, we work to safeguard the best interests
of our clients, and whether you are seeking child support or expect to
be ordered to pay support, we want to help you pursue an outcome that
is fair and does not subject you to unnecessary financial hardship.
Need To Establish Paternity So You Can Get Child Support?
It is also possible to claim child support even if a mother and father
of children have never been married. When a child is born to an unwed
mother, there is no legal presumption as to the identity of the father,
and unless the man affirms paternity, he will not be liable to pay support.
If you have decided to demand the financial support that you need and
deserve for your child, we may be able to help you file a
paternity action. This may involve using DNA testing to prove the biological relationship
between the man and child. Once you have proven paternity, you can then
sue in court for an order to pay support.
Indianapolis Child Support Resources
We understand how confusing the laws and guidelines concerning child support
can be. To help you to better understand the system and know more about
your rights, we are providing you with links that you can follow to find
valuable resources on the subject of child support:
free case evaluation during which you can ask your questions and find out more about your legal
options, contact our office now. We recognize that you have a great deal
at stake in any case involving child support and we are ready to take
immediate action to defend your personal interests.