John Kim is an associate at Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley, & Van Evera, LLP, joining the law firm in August 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Kim was an associate at the law firm of Laura A.... more
John Kim is an associate at Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley, & Van Evera, LLP, joining the law firm in August 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Kim was an associate at the law firm of Laura A. Epstein & Associates, LLC where he concentrated his practice in all areas of Family Law. He is an experienced courtroom litigator who began his career with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office pres... view profile
If you are a parent and you divorce, the parent the child lives with often receives money (child support) from the parent no longer living with the child. Unlike alimony, which is paid to maintain an ex-spouse's lifestyle, child support pays for the child's physical, emotional, and educational needs. A child support lawyer can help parents negotiate and calculate child support, either by agreement or in court. While national guidelines to calculate child support amounts exist, you or the judge may choose to calculate the amount based on your income and the child's needs. If you believe you are not the father of a child and want to contest a child support claim, a child support lawyer can also help you determine paternity. A child support lawyer can be useful during negotiations to help objectively determine the most appropriate amount of child support for your situation and protect against paternity fraud.