Child Support

Often, when people have a case open with the Department of Child Support Services, they believe that this agency "represents" them. This is sadly not the case. The goal of this agency is to establish orders which they believe are easy to enforce. As a result, they will not fight for the amount you may be entitled to receive.

An excellent example of this was a case I worked on yesterday. My client was the one who opened a case against the dad, requesting child support. Dad doesn't work but is fully supported by his mother, who gives him $3,100.00 per month to pay his bills. The Department of Child Support was willing to impute minimum wage at 32 hours per week to dad but made no mention of the reoccurring monthly gift that dad received from his mother.

A recent case appellate court decision states that such reoccurring monthly gifts can be considered as income for support purposes. Because we argued that this should be included as income, my client's support was tripled from what the Department of Child Support Services had requested. This would not have happened if my client was not represented by an attorney (she had no knowledge of this recent appellate decision).

If you have a case with the Department of Child Support Services, either seeking child support or having it sought from you, the services of an experienced Family Law Attorney can be invaluable in getting you everything you are entitled to receive. Contact our office today to learn how we can help you.
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