Connecticut Child Support Lawyer

If you are going through a divorce with children, then the issue of child support will need to be addressed. As an experienced family law firm, we can help you work through it by doing the following:

  • Calculating child support. Since Connecticut has mandatory support guidelines, we can provide an estimate of the amount that you would need to pay or receive.
  • Legally enforcing payment. If your spouse is not paying the court-ordered support, then we can help you file a motion that would allow you to obtain payment through wage garnishment.
  • Modifying the terms. If you lose your job or have another major life change, then we can help you modify the terms of your child support order.

To get assistance with your child support matter, please contact Bauer Law Group, LLC for a consultation. We have an award-winning legal team that has been named among the best in the Connecticut by the Connecticut Law Tribune, the National Association of Family Lawyers, & Super Lawyers®.

Commonly Asked Questions About Child Support

What is child support under Connecticut family law?

When parents are not married, whether they have been divorced or were never married in the first place, one of them normally is legally responsible to make payments of financial support to the other. Child support is paid by the non-custodial parent for purposes of making a financial contribution to the child's needs. This way, the parent who has child custody is not forced to shoulder the full burden of raising the child.

How is child support determined?

The state has adopted the Child Support Guidelines to determine the appropriate level of support and each parent's financial responsibility for medical and child care expenses. Based on a number of different economic factors, the guidelines produce a determination of how much the non-custodial parent should be ordered to pay. Either the father or the mother may be ordered to pay child support.

When does the responsibility to pay child support terminate?

The age of majority in Connecticut is eighteen. Parents are responsible for child support, however, until a child turns nineteen or graduates from high school, whichever event occurs first. The court may also order child support for a disabled child until the child attains the age of twenty-one, in the event that the child is residing with one parent and is depending on that parent for financial support.

Can parents agree to a pay or receive a different child support amount?

Yes. The court allows parties to deviate from the child support guidelines for various reasons such as shared parenting time, extraordinary income, or extraordinary child expenses. It is important to consult with an experienced divorce attorney to determine whether a deviation is appropriate.

Are there any tax implications on child support?

For tax purposes, child support is neither deductible by the person paying it, nor taxable income to the person receiving it. Therefore, it is important to take this into account when negotiating over the terms of child support during a divorce.

Are you looking for a child support lawyer to handle your case? Call our firm now to find out how we can help you take care of your family law matter.