A child support lawyer specializes in matters related to child support, which is a legal obligation for financial support of a child. Here are some of the key responsibilities of a child support lawyer:

  1. Advising Clients: A child support lawyer provides legal advice to clients about their rights and obligations regarding child support. This includes explaining how child support is calculated according to the Child Support Guidelines, and how factors such as income, the number of children, and the parenting arrangement can affect the amount of child support.
  2. Negotiating Agreements: A child support lawyer can help negotiate child support agreements between parents. This includes determining the amount of child support, the frequency of payments, and how special or extraordinary expenses will be shared.
  3. Drafting Legal Documents: A child support lawyer drafts legal documents related to child support, such as separation agreements, court applications, and consent orders.
  4. Representing Clients in Court: If parents cannot agree on child support, a child support lawyer can represent their client in court to resolve the dispute. This includes presenting evidence, arguing the case, and cross-examining witnesses.
  5. Enforcing Child Support Orders: If a parent fails to pay child support as ordered, a child support lawyer can assist with enforcing the order. This can involve filing a motion for contempt, garnishing wages, or requesting a license suspension.
  6. Modifying Child Support Orders: If there has been a material change in circumstances, such as a significant change in income or a change in the child’s needs, a child support lawyer can assist with modifying the child support order.
  7. Navigating Complex Issues: A child support lawyer can help navigate complex issues related to child support, such as determining income for self-employed parents, dealing with retroactive child support, or addressing child support for adult children with disabilities.