It would be nice to think that after your divorce was final, your need for a family law attorney would end. However, if there are children in question, that may not be the case. In fact, you could find yourself needing legal guidance at any point between the finalization of the divorce and the point at which the divorce decree states child support ends. When do you need to contact a DuPage County child support lawyer for help?
Is My Ex Legally Responsible?
In almost all instances, the noncustodial parent is responsible for paying child support. That applies whether you were legally married or not. The other parent’s responsibility is to the child or children and has nothing to do with you or your relationship with the other parent. However, there are instances where that obligation might be waived.
For instance, if you were to remarry and your new spouse adopted the child, a judge would likely order child support to stop. If your child is of age and quits school, there is also a chance that support will stop. If something were to occur with the other parent that would make them unable to work and earn a wage, support would likely stop. An experienced child support attorney can help you understand what’s likely in your specific situation.
Nonpayment of Child Support
While it would be nice if all parents upheld their financial obligation to their children, that’s not the case. If you are facing a situation in which the noncustodial parent has stopped paying child support, and it is not due to a life-changing circumstance, loss of employment or similar catastrophic event, enforcement measures may be necessary. An experienced DuPage County child support lawyer can help you determine if this is the right path forward, and help you get the process started.
Payments Are Too High
In some cases, the noncustodial parent wants to do right by their children but lacks the financial means to do so. A reduction in income or even an outright job loss are prime reasons for this. In these instances, a child support reduction may be necessary. A child support attorney can advise you on how to start this process.
If you’re facing issues with child support, like Keller Legal Services. Call us today to schedule a no-cost initial consultation with one of your experienced child support lawyers.