My practice is focused on helping my clients through the difficult and emotionally... more
My practice is focused on helping my clients through the difficult and emotionally charged matters that encompass family law. I strive to provide my clients with many services and many different choices for resolving their cases. While I am an experienced trial attorney, I also have the ability to settle cases without going to court. I am trained in collaborative law and I am a mediator. I welc... view profile
I am a shareholder in the firm of McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered,... more
I am a shareholder in the firm of McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered, and have practiced primarily in family law for almost 29 years. I have a bachelor's degree in child psychology, and specialize not only in custody litigation but also in large asset estates with complex dissolution issues, including business valuation, real estate valuation, non-marital tracing, hidden and diss... 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.