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Proven Family Lawyers Handle Child Support Matters Throughout Connecticut

Fairfield County firm represents parents in disputes over rates

Parents are responsible for providing financial support to their minor children even if they no longer live in the same home. MeehanLaw, LLC in Bridgeport advises both paying and recipient parents regarding Connecticut’s child support rules and advocates for them when conflicts arise. Serving clients throughout the state since 1961, our trial-tested firm delivers effective counsel during proceedings addressing initial rates, requested modifications and enforcement actions.

Legal counselors outline the factors used in support determinations

Our experienced Connecticut family law attorneys make sure that clients understand the various factors that are used during most child support calculations, such as:

  • Parents’ income — The incomes of both the paying and recipient parent help determine how much a noncustodial parent is ordered to pay to meet the needs of their minor children.
  • Health insurance costs — Premiums to cover health insurance for a son or daughter can be expensive. Accordingly, these amounts are considered during Connecticut child support calculations.
  • Support paid for children from prior relationships — If a noncustodial parent is making payments to support a child from a previous relationship, this can lower their obligation in a subsequent proceeding.

In a free initial consultation, we can discuss these factors as well as special circumstances that might affect your child support matter, including payment for higher education or extracurricular activities. Our firm can also assist you if you believe your co-parent has given the court incorrect information regarding their income or some other relevant matter affecting support.

Family law attorneys litigate child support modification requests

Job changes and other events can alter someone’s income significantly. Though one-time financial events do not justify a change in child support rates, courts can revise an order’s terms if a “substantial and continuing” adjustment occurs. When circumstances would support a shift of at least 15 percent in the child support amount, we can file a motion for modification. If you believe that your co-parent’s modification request is meritless, our firm is able to assist in opposing modification attempts as well.

Thorough advocates assist with enforcement of payment terms

The Connecticut Child Support Enforcement Program includes several methods that can be used when noncustodial parents fail to honor their obligations. If a payment is missing, short or late, funds can be withheld from a wide range of the noncustodial parent’s income sources, including wages, workers’ compensation benefits, unemployment checks and retirement benefits. We can also initiate contempt proceedings that might result in an order mandating immediate payment of child support or even incarceration for a willful violator. Drivers’, professional and recreational licenses can also be revoked after 30 days.

Contact a Bridgeport lawyer for a free consultation regarding a child support issue

MeehanLaw, LLC assists Connecticut parents with all types of child support concerns, including modification and enforcement actions. Please call 203-916-1743 or contact us online for a free initial consultation regarding your options. From our office in Bridgeport, we serve clients throughout the state.

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  • Bridgeport Office
    76 Lyon Terrace
    Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
    Phone: 203-333-1888
    Fax: 203-331-0107
  • Westport Office
    29 East Main Street
    Westport, Connecticut 06880
    Phone: 203-635-4688