If you need to file for divorce in North Carolina, or are currently going through the divorce process, you need to consider a child support agreement. In order to ensure that your child is properly cared for, child support arrangements must be fair for both the child and parents. Child support is an important element in any divorce that involves minor children, but it can result in bitter disputes over finances and obligations.
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Need an attorney for a child support case in Charlotte? With the help of a Charlotte divorce attorney from Collins Family Law Group, you and a former spouse can navigate the child support process successfully. We have dedicated more than 85 years of combined experience to helping families throughout Charlotte, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We can offer the same legal guidance to your family! Our aim is to provide legal service that can put you and your family in an advantageous position, making this transition easier and smoother.
Child support payments can generally be created in two ways, through a mediated agreement outside of court, or by a court-decided order. All parents have the opportunity to go through mediation, but if parents can’t agree, the court will intervene and decide on child support for the parents. The primary goal is to make certain that the support order is in the best interests of the child. When a court orders support to be paid, a noncustodial parent will be responsible for payments until the child turns 18 years old, unless there is an extended period of time, such as cases that involve children with special needs.
Not only do our Charlotte child support lawyers take your support orders seriously, but we also take them personally. Child support orders essentially dictate the way you will continue to raise and parent your children. Your child support agreement will become a huge part of your life. We want to make certain that the child support payment is fair and benefits your child in the long run.
Once a child support order is put into effect, a paying parent is obliged by law to pay the court mandated amount of child support. Failing to pay the amount without first filing for a child support modification could put a parent in contempt of court. The courts could take legal action as they see fit, including wage garnishment or issuing a bench warrant for the arrest of a delinquent parent.
If you can no longer afford to pay your child support obligation due to an unexpected change in your financial situation, you must speak with a lawyer. The courts look for proof of a significant financial hardship before approving a modification to a child support order.
Take the necessary steps to protect your family's future with our firm today! Contact Collins Family Law Group if you need assistance with a child support order in Charlotte. Our attorneys can do everything in our legal and ethical reach to help protect your family's rights.