When a divorce or separation involves children, the issue of child support is likely to arise. It is important that money is made available so that children can have the resources they need and deserve. When child support goes unpaid, a Texas child support attorney can help parents ensure that their children’s needs are met. One recent case illustrates how helpful an attorney can be in these situations.
In that case, a man owed more than $45,000 in child support. The man was taken to court and was ordered to pay over $22,000 in restitution over five years. The payment comes to $602 per month, with a fraction of that amount going to administration fees. This money will go a long way in helping the man’s dependents and easing the strain undeservingly placed on the mother.
Instances like this are far too common. Parents separate and one parent is often left with sole financial responsibility for their children. This is unfair to both the paying parent and the children. A child support attorney can, like in the above mentioned case, ensure that payment is received.
Additionally, an attorney can address a change of circumstances and modification of child support. Sometimes a paying parent falls on hard times and is unable to make child support payments in full. When this occurs, an attorney can represent that parent’s interests by seeking to have the payment amount temporarily lowered to a more manageable amount.
Conversely, sometimes parents unjustly seek a child support modification. This can leave the other parent financially strained and unable to support their child. In these instances, an attorney can fight the modification to ensure that the best interests of the child are preserved and both parents share the financial responsibility of raising that child.
Separation and divorce can be difficult, but innocent children must be protected. Ensuring that the financial aspect of raising a child is shared is of the utmost importance and one that should not be taken lightly.
Source: News Journal, “Speaks ordered to pay $22,857 in child support,” Dec. 31, 2012