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Child Custody & Support

Child Custody & Support

Child Custody & Support

Your Court Buddy family law attorney can help if you need to establish a custody arrangement for your child or a visitation schedule with the child’s other parent. Usually, this is done as part of a divorce proceeding, but it can be set up or modified at any time, ideally, with both parents in agreement on what is best for the child, and if not, through mediation (a voluntary, supervised dispute resolution process) or in court. Rules vary from state to state, but as a general matter, courts will assume a child should have regular, ongoing contact with both parents.

Additionally, your Court Buddy family law attorney can help if you need assistance setting or adjusting your child support payments, or collecting overdue payments from your child’s other parent. If needed, paternity (determining the father of the child) can be established in order to assess parental rights and support obligations, and courts can garnish wages to collect overdue child support. States calculate child support payments based on the child’s age and the parents’ incomes, and the amount of the payments can be modified or adjusted over time. Though this is usually a set, calculated number, a family law attorney can get the paperwork together and advocate for your rights.