Attorney Lauren Fields

Top Ten Ways To Get the Most Child Support during a Divorce

1.      Understand the child support laws in your state: Each state has its own laws governing child support, so it is important to understand the specific guidelines in your state. This will help you know what to expect in terms of the amount of child support you may be entitled to receive.

2.      Keep good records: Keep accurate and detailed records of your expenses related to your child, including medical bills, childcare costs, and other expenses. This will help you make a strong case for the amount of child support you are requesting.

3.      Gather evidence: If you are involved in a child support dispute, gather any relevant evidence that may support your case, such as proof of the other parent's income or assets.

4.      Consider using mediation: If you are unable to come to an agreement with the other parent on child support, consider using mediation as a way to try to resolve the dispute. A mediator can help facilitate a conversation and may be able to help you reach a mutually acceptable agreement.

5.      Hire a lawyer: If you are unable to come to an agreement on child support and feel that legal action is necessary, consider hiring a lawyer to represent you. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected.

6.      Know your rights: Make sure you understand your rights when it comes to child support. For example, you may be entitled to receive retroactive child support if the other parent has not been paying the amount required by court order.

7.      Keep the best interests of your child in mind: While it is important to fight for the child support you believe your child is entitled to, it is also important to keep the best interests of your child in mind. Try to focus on finding a resolution that is in your child's best interests, rather than getting caught up in a bitter and prolonged dispute.

8.      Consider the long-term: While it may be tempting to fight for the highest possible child support award, it is important to consider the long-term impact of your decisions. A higher child support award may not always be in the best interests of your child, especially if it leads to ongoing conflict with the other parent.

9.      Communicate with the other parent: If possible, try to maintain open lines of communication with the other parent. This can help you avoid misunderstandings and make it easier to resolve any issues that may arise.

10.  Seek help if needed: If you are struggling to get the child support you believe your child is entitled to, don't be afraid to seek help. There are a number of resources available to help parents navigate the child support process, including legal aid organizations and support groups.