When parents divorce or end a non-marital relationship, each still has a legal obligation to meet the financial needs of their minor children. Though this might seem obvious, conflicts still occur over child support payments, and legal counsel from a proven family law attorney could be necessary to ensure that proper arrangements are in place. Amy A. Slayden Family Law P.C. in Huntsville, Alabama understands how vital it can be to ensure that appropriate child support terms are established and honored. We advise clients on the factors used to set rates and represent both paying and recipient parents in modification and enforcement actions.
Child support rates are largely based on a formula that incorporates several factors, so it’s essential that both sides report information accurately relating to their:
During a divorce, there are numerous issues to address, but nothing is more important than the well-being of the couple’s children. We’ll review the situation thoroughly and work tirelessly to bring about an appropriate outcome.
Strict rules govern child support matters, and even one missed, late or incomplete payment can trigger serious consequences. Whether your co-parent failed on one occasion or has chronic problems obeying the order, a family law attorney can advise you of the legal methods available to compel payment, including income withholding, credit bureau reporting, and driver license and professional license suspension. If you are being unfairly accused of shirking your obligation, we’ll aggressively counter those charges.
On their own, parents cannot alter child support obligations no matter how compelling the justification might seem. Even if your former partner is violating terms of a custody or visitation order, you cannot delay, reduce or withhold child support to compel compliance. Modification is possible, however, after three years or if a significant change occurs. Adjustments might be granted based on a job loss, substantial income increase, health condition or change in childcare needs. We draft petitions to modify child support orders and also oppose requests for adjustments that aren’t supported by the facts.
In Huntsville, Amy A. Slayden Family Law P.C. advocates for Alabama parents in proceedings to set child support rates as well as modification and enforcement actions. Please call 256-529-4437 or contact us online to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation.