From school supplies to rent and utilities, raising children is expensive. Both parents have a legal responsibility to provide for their children, regardless of whether they are in a relationship. Your kids should not have to suffer as a result of a co-parent’s failure or refusal to provide financial support.
A dedicated family attorney can help you understand your parental rights and obtain the financial support your family needs. Whether you want to recover arrears, modify your obligations, or challenge a co-parent’s income calculations, consider reaching out to a Hartford child support lawyer.
Under Connecticut General Statute § 46b-37, parents and former spouses have a joint duty to support their children. Co-parents must provide reasonable housing, healthcare, education, and childcare in accordance with their financial abilities.
Child support calculations are based on bother parents’ income and liabilities and the children’s age-based needs. In addition to basic minimum obligations required by the state, courts generally consider the following factors when entering child maintenance and support orders:
Special considerations such as private tuition, family wealth, visitation costs, business expenses, tax considerations, may also be factored into a judge’s decision. Courts strive to create working child support orders that consider each parent’s unique assets, liabilities, and personal needs. A local legal professional can help parents present evidence to demonstrate their financial situation and ability to pay child support.
Many co-parents in Hartford use child support worksheets to calculate their obligations but fail to consult with a lawyer. If two parties complete these worksheets incorrectly, it can lead to preventable disputes and lengthy litigation. Working with an attorney to draft an agreement can save families from the emotional and financial toll of future conflict. A knowledgeable legal representative might urge co-parents to consider additions to basic support. Families can also draft emergency financial support provisions that cover sudden travel and medical expenses.
If one parent fails to send their child support payments, the other party may ask a family judge to intervene. An attorney may request Hartford or state authorities do any or all of the following to recover child support arrears:
Barring exceptional economic circumstances, such as death or sudden illness, courts may not waive or reduce arrears. Legal counsel can, however, help parents struggling to make child support payments request a modified court order. Such modifications generally require parents to show substantially changed circumstances.
Many child support disputes arise due to disagreements about disposable income, expenses, and child-rearing priorities. While the state has mandatory support guidelines, parents should discuss their concerns with a dedicated Hartford child support lawyer to ensure a comprehensive analysis of a family’s support needs is conducted.
We can also work with you to recover needed support arrears or modify future obligations based on changed circumstances. Call our office today to speak with a seasoned legal professional about your case.
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