Child Support Lawyer

Serving South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Osceola & The Counties of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall & LaPorte

The Complexities of Child Support Orders in Indiana

Many people find it difficult to discuss financial situations, even with those who are close to them. It can be hard to discuss money compiled with the fact that a child’s well-being is on the line, making discussing child support stressful for parents.

Sometimes, both divorcing spouses may have difficulty when it comes to determining what constitutes an appropriate amount of child support. There are many factors to consider when determining what is fair. Having the experience of child support matters at the Cole Law Firm LLC, can help you simplify the process of child support.

With over 15 years of experience in family law, the Cole Law Firm LLC has a great understanding of the legal system, especially as it relates to divorce proceedings and child support. We have handled a variety of child support cases and are prepared to help you and your partner come to a solution.

Child Support Services -- Divorced & Separating Parents

There are many details to consider when creating a child support agreement. Understanding the varied factors is key to securing the financial support you need to provide for your children or child. However, without an experienced family law attorney, you may sell yourself short. The Cole Law Firm LLC, can offer a complete explanation of child support calculations and regulations to help point you down the right path.

Child Support Orders

Failing to pay child support may be due to personal financial struggles, negligence, or a job loss. However, if you have been left without the child support payment that was promised to you, it is important to understand that you have options to enforce the support order.  Sometimes, the parent responsible for paying child support will neglect or fail to pay.

We Can Help You Secure Payment Through:

  • Withholding Income
  • Garnishing Wages
  • Seizing Tax Refunds
  • Placing Liens on Home, Vehicle or Bank Account
  • Court Judgements for Arrears

Calculating Child Support in Indiana

When calculating child support, the driving factor is each parent’s respective ability to pay. Indiana’s Child Support Rules and Guidelines govern all child support calculations, and they require both parents to contribute to meeting their children’s financial needs based upon their “weekly gross income.” This includes income from all sources, with a few exceptions.

Calculating Child Support -- Sources of Income:

  • Wages & Salary
  • Commissions & Bonuses
  • Overtime
  • Severance Pay
  • Penisions
  • Investment Income
  • Workers” Comp Benefits
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits

If you are concerned that your spouse or partner may be attempting to hide income to avoid paying child support or to minimize their child support obligation, we can help you take advantage of our accounting and legal tools.  In a divorce, both spouses are required to make certain mandatory financial disclosures

Cannot Afford Your Child Support Payments?

If you can no longer afford your child support payments, it is important that you seek legal help right away. Failing to pay court-ordered child support is a serious matter that can lead to severe penalties, even if your non-payment is due to a legitimate inability to pay. To reduce your child support obligations, you will need to file a formal request for modification in court.

You Will Need To Show the Judge:

  • Lost job due to circumstances beyond your control
  • Legitimate efforts made to find new employment
  • You're not buying other non-necessary expenses

The Cole Law Firm LLC, can help you determine if you are eligible to request a modification of child support. If you are, we can take your case in front of your judge.

Cole Law Firm LLC recognizes the subject of child custody and support can become heated and understand the importance of keeping a level head while being objective to the best interests of the child involved. Whether you are the payer or receiver of child support, we can help. Our knowledge and experience in legal matters makes the process easier and oftentimes less expensive as we know the procedures like the backs of our hands.

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