Ensuring Your Kids Have The Financial Support They Need Following Divorce
Child support is too often a point of contention between divorcing and divorced couples. It is important to remember, however, that child support is for the benefit of the children, which is why it is so important for the child support award to be an amount that meets their needs while being sustainable for the parent being asked to pay.
At Catterlin & Arnold Law Firm, our family law attorneys represent clients on both sides of the child support equation, and we work hard to balance the needs and abilities of all parties involved. Our goal is to help you find fair and sustainable solutions to your family law issues while minimizing unnecessary conflict.
The Basics Of Child Support In Arkansas
While child support orders often stem from divorce, courts can also issue orders following parental separation or in cases where parents were never married. Calculations are formulaic and based on considerations like the income of each parent and the amount of time each parent is allotted in the custody agreement.
Beyond a parent’s gross pay, other factors examined include things like whether a parent is paying for the children’s medical insurance and whether that parent is paying for any other dependents from a previous relationship. Judges are allowed to deviate from the amount determined by the formula in certain cases.
It Is Critical To Work With An Experienced Attorney
Pay stubs don’t always tell the full story of a person’s income and expenses, and children sometimes have financial needs that the court may not be aware of. Whether you are expecting to pay or receive child support, our attorneys will ensure that the court has a complete and accurate picture of each spouse’s financial abilities and the needs of the children.
Modifying Support Orders As Needs And Circumstances Change
Child support is calculated at a moment in time and reflects the financial realities and needs of that time. When there has been a substantial change in one parent’s income or the needs of the children, either parent can petition the court to modify the existing order. Depending on your position, our attorneys can help you make a compelling argument for why the order should be changed or why it should be kept unaltered.
Contact Us For Knowledgeable Guidance In Child Support Matters
With an office in Lowell, Catterlin & Arnold Law Firm serves clients throughout the surrounding areas of Arkansas. To schedule your initial consultation with one of our skilled family law attorneys, call us at 479-339-0778 or submit an online contact form.