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Maine Child Support Lawyer

Your relationship with your child’s other parent may have ended, but that doesn’t mean that either parent is released from the duty of providing support to the child. The Maine family courts will assign child support to cases involving children in a divorce. Child support is one of the most contentious issues in a divorce case. You want your child to have financial provision, but you don’t want to have to pay too much. You want to provide for your child, but you cannot do it all on your own. Whether you will be paying or receiving child support, you might have many questions. Reach out to an attorney at The Maine Divorce Group to get answers to your questions and guidance in this process.

Determining Child Support

Child support is ordered by the court and must be paid until the child turns 18 and graduates from high school but ends before the child turns 19 in Maine. During the divorce process, the parties may reach their own agreement on child support with the help of a Maine family law attorney or mediator. If each spouse is able to reach a mutually agreeable plan for child support, it can be submitted for approval from their judge. If the judge signs off on it, it becomes a court order that must be obeyed.

If the couple cannot agree on a child support arrangement, the judge in their case will determine child support. They do this by determining how much each parent spent on the child while they were living together as one family. This monetary figure is divided with respect to each parent’s income. It will reveal the amount each parent is responsible for contributing to the child’s financial needs. For example, if one parent earns $700 per week and the other $200 per week, the former would pay 80 percent and the latter would pay 20 percent.

Which Parent Receives Child Support?

In most cases, the custody and visitation orders will determine who will pay child support. The parent who has primary physical custody (residency) of the child, also known as the custodial parent, will be the one to receive support from the other parent. If the custody and visitation situation changes, the court may need to also revisit the child support orders to see if they need to be modified. When you hire an experienced Maine family law attorney, you can be assured that you have the representation required to receive the child support you are entitled to or if you are the paying parent, not to pay more than the law requires.

Turn to a Child Support Lawyer at The Maine Divorce Group

Whether you are in the process of getting divorced, merely thinking about getting divorced, or you need to modify child support orders, lawyers from The Maine Divorce Group are ready to help you. We know how life-changing these orders can be for both sides. It is imperative that you have the representation of an attorney who knows the law and is willing to fight for your rights. You can find that attorney at our firm. Contact us today to meet with one of our lawyers and find out how they can help.

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