In Connecticut, minor children are legally entitled to financial support from both parents. At MeehanLaw, LLC in Westport, we help parents achieve fair child support orders, carefully examining the circumstances to present a full picture of the parents’ means and the children’s needs. We have decades of experience helping Fairfield County parents on both the paying and receiving sides with initial support, modification and enforcement requests.
In the Westport area as elsewhere, child support needs vary. Our experienced family law trial attorneys can explain the factors that judges use in applying the Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines, which include:
Adjustments to the amount of support owed can be made based on the number of shared children, any special needs of children, costs of extracurricular activities and household income contributions made by a parent’s new spouse, among other factors.
After a parent files for child support, the court will use the Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines to calculate an amount. If the parents can reach an agreement before going to court, the judge can sign off on their plan and make it official. The court order will state the amount and frequency of payments.
A parent may find that the established plan becomes unfair as time progresses and as family needs evolve. A lost job or big promotion can result in a notable disparity between the original and current income upon which the plan was based, for example. If changes are consistent with a shift of at least 15 percent in the child support amount suggested by the guidelines, we can seek a modification. The petitioning parent must attend a court hearing with a judge or family court magistrate.
Our firm can help you get a child support order enforced when a parent fails to make payments or underpays. The state’s Support Enforcement Services Unit can deduct funds directly from the parent’s paycheck. The recipient parent can seek a court order to intercept the parent’s tax refund. A lien can be placed on the paying parent’s property. And that parent can be held in contempt of court until a payment is made. Willful nonpayers also face driver’s license suspension.
At MeehanLaw, LLC in Westport, we represent Connecticut clients with child support orders, modifications and enforcement. For a consultation with a qualified family lawyer, call 203-916-1743 or contact us online.