Review: “Good lawyer who helped me twice: Once with my son when he was a juvenile and also with a personal family matter. Both times he was compassionate and very thorough.”
Practice areas & skills: Child Support, Child Custody, Divorce & Separation, Domestic Violence, Wills & Living Wills
Review: “When fighting in Family Court, as a man especially, it is easy to feel like you are all alone. Well, I never felt that way because Rachelle was with me each and every step along the way. She kept me informed and advised a...
Practice areas & skills: Divorce & Separation, Family, Child Custody
Review: “Joe helped me in 2 separate cases. I won both. First he helped me get a big settlement in a personal injury suit. He also helped me with a criminal issue and made sure that I did not go to jail.”
Practice areas & skills: Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Family
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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.