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Child Support

Essentially, child support is a payment that is often ordered by the court when two parents are no longer living together. This is ordered to protect the child from the dangers of potential financial hardship, and to give the child as normal a life as possible till the child reaches adulthood. It may also be extended to include tuition and living expenses if the child goes to college. In some cases, it may be ordered even in instances where a parent does not have contact with his or her child. Child support is often a sticking point in divorce settlements, and needs to be addressed by qualified attorneys who have in-depth knowledge of child support laws, and how they work. At the law offices of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC, we have helped many clients work through this process, and always for the benefit of our clients, and the child/children involved.

Who is responsible for paying child support?

Child support is usually paid by one parent to the other after a separation, divorce, or, in some cases, between two parents who were never married. This support goes to the parent who has sole or primary physical custody of the child. This includes upkeep and care of the child, and is usually paid on a monthly basis. However, the child must, usually, be the genetic child or the adopted child of the parent ordered to pay child support. Exceptions? If, for example, a stepparent pays for the child’s expenses while married to the child’s parent, once divorced or separated, the stepparent will usually not be required to pay child support unless there was a legal adoption.

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What can child support be used for?

The purpose of child support is to protect the child from the economic impact of divorce or separation. Child support should be used for both the basic necessities such as food, shelter, childcare, and education, as well as the additional things that the child was accustomed to during the marriage. Even where the non-custodial parent is not wealthy, child support payments may benefit the custodial parent and anyone else living within the home, because child support payments can be used to pay for heat, electricity, cleaning supplies, travel costs, and car maintenance, and other expenses needed to properly care for the child.

Why you need a knowledgeable attorney to negotiate child support during the divorce

Family lawyers in Largo know how laws related to child custody and other elements entwined in a divorce case can be applied intelligently to help you get a positive outcome for your case. Make sure you choose the services of the best family law attorney Maryland to get the right advice and guidance.

If there’s one thing parents can usually agree to during the divorce, it’s that the health and wellbeing of the child is of the utmost importance. However, what constitutes adequate “health and wellbeing,” can often be in dispute. An enormous number of factors can come into play when determining a financial settlement. Judges do not like cases where the parties haven’t reached a settlement, and they urge the parties to do just that before coming before the bench.

At the law offices of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC, we have the skill and experience to negotiate and reach a fair settlement with the opposing counsel for the benefit of our clients and the child involved. If you are contemplating a divorce, we will be happy to meet with you to discuss the process including child support, child custody in Largo, and a wide range of other topics tangential to the proceedings. It will be well worth your time.

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frequently asked questions

What is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a “last resort” method that is designed to allow the government to provide debt repayment or settlement to those who are unable to pay money that is owed. There are different types of bankruptcy, and there are rules in which to qualify for this service.

How do I know if I qualify?

Generally, you must be in a situation where you have acquired debt that you can no longer repay due to a change in your financial capabilities. Often, bankruptcy occurs after a major life event such as death, divorce, illness, job loss, or any other hardship.

Is bankruptcy right for me?

It is strongly encouraged to make bankruptcy your last resort. Attempt to make arrangements with your debtors first by contacting each one of them directly and discussing reduced payments or the ability to defer payments for a period of time. Many debtors are willing to negotiate to some level to help those in need.

What is the process for filing bankruptcy?

While it is possible to file for bankruptcy on your own, it is highly recommended to use legal assistance. Find a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy and can help you determine which type of bankruptcy is best for your situation. Then the firm can handle all of the needed paperwork throughout the process to make sure your bankruptcy runs smoothly.

What advice can a bankruptcy attorney give me?

The best bankruptcy attorneys will have an initial conversation with you at no charge. The attorney can provide advice on next steps and your alternatives. If you decide to proceed, you may have to pay a small initial fee to begin the filing process.

How often can a person file for bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy can only be filed once every 6 years.

What must I do before I file my case?

Discuss your situation with a knowledgeable attorney, who will also request for a list of all debts. The list should include the company or individual name, the amount owed, account number, and a phone number.

What is an exempt asset?

Depending on the type of bankruptcy, some of your assets can be exempted. This could include your home, vehicle, or certain personal debts such as child support.

Can I pay some creditors if I want to?

With bankruptcy, it is very important to stick to the terms of your agreement. Discuss any situations with your attorney to determine how best to prioritize payments.

Will filing bankruptcy hurt my credit?

Because bankruptcy often results in debtors losing money, your credit score will be dramatically impacted. A record of your bankruptcy can remain on your credit report for as long as ten years.

Can I choose which type of bankruptcy to file?

How do I choose the right one? Choose a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy to help you determine which choice is best for your particular situation.

What are the main differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

In a chapter 7 bankruptcy, virtually all of your assets are used to repay the debt, and then the remaining debt is put into structured payments that must be completed within a set period of time, typically 3-5 years. A chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to retain some of your assets such as home and vehicle and restructured payments are put into place.

Will I be able to keep my property and assets if I file Bankruptcy?

It depends on the type of bankruptcy, but your attorney can help you determine how best to keep the assets you need.

Can I file Bankruptcy on my own?

It is possible but the paperwork and legal process are extremely time-consuming and very complicated. In a vast majority of cases it is much easier to use a skilled attorney.

Are there alternatives to Bankruptcy?

Everyone is always encouraged to use bankruptcy as a last resort. Some people may be able to repay debts simply by living within their means and adhering to a budget. Others may need to negotiate a reduced payment with their debtors. But in some cases, bankruptcy is the only alternative.

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