Bethesda Child Support Lawyer

Sound advice and strong advocacy for children’s rights

Unlike other issues connected to divorce, child support is not a matter between spouses: it is a matter between parent and child. The law recognizes the right of each child to be supported by both parents until the age of 18. Though children rarely have legal representation in their parents’ divorce proceedings, all attorneys are informed that the court will decide certain issues based upon the best interest of the child(ren). The Law Office of Stacy B. Talbott understands this responsibility and conducts herself as a de facto advocate for your children.

Child support guidelines in Bethesda, Maryland

Maryland has adopted clear and detailed child support guidelines based on each parent’s income, the cost of work-related day care, health insurance for the children, extraordinary medical expenses and the children’s schedule. As a result, family court judges have very little discretion, so litigating child support is often a waste of time and money. Your negotiated divorce settlement or legal separation agreement must contain a provision ensuring that each parent bears some responsibility for the financial support of your children. Ms. Talbot has the experience necessary to formulate a reasonable child support schedule based on the objective metrics of the Maryland child support guidelines.

Enforcement of child support orders in Bethesda, Maryland

Failure to pay child support is a violation of a court order, which can be penalized by fine or imprisonment. If your spouse has failed to make child support payments, Ms. Talbott can assist in getting an enforcement order, turning up the pressure to compel payments.

Modification due to changed circumstances

If you are obligated to make payments, you must continue those payments on schedule until you get an order from the court relieving you of that obligation. If your financial circumstances change, making payment impossible, it is vitally important that you consult an attorney about getting a modification order from the court. Similarly, if you experience trouble with your ex-spouse, including interference with your visitation schedule, you cannot retaliate by withholding child support payments. Remember: child support is paid for the benefit of the child, not your ex. The court will not look favorably on your attempt at self-help. Consult a knowledgeable child custody attorney immediately.

Contact a determined Bethesda, Maryland child support lawyer today

If you have any questions about child support or any aspects of Bethesda, Maryland family law, schedule an appointment with The Law Office of Stacy B. Talbott. Call her at 301-637-8527 or contact her office online.

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