I am originally from Pennsylvania, but relocated to Maine after serving as an... more
I am originally from Pennsylvania, but relocated to Maine after serving as an Electronics Technician in the US NAVY. I attended the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine School of Law. After graduating from law school with honors, I worked as an associate at a firm in Portland, where I practiced family law and criminal defense exclusively. My practice is 100% litig... 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. A child support lawyer can be useful during negotiations to help objectively determine the most appropriate amount of child support for your situation.