Mark A. Chinn has been married to Cathy since 1978, and they have four daughters and a granddaughter. Mark operates a firm that serves clients in the field of family law. He has an AV... more
Mark A. Chinn has been married to Cathy since 1978, and they have four daughters and a granddaughter. Mark operates a firm that serves clients in the field of family law. He has an AV rating and a perfect 5.0 Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is the author of three ABA books, How to Build and Manage a Family Law ... 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.