Working Through Child Support Matters

Both during and after a divorce, it is of the utmost importance to place the best interests of children first. One of the most important aspects of a separation or divorce is establishing an appropriate and fair level of child support. At Joel W. Anders, P.C., we have been representing clients in child support cases for 39 years in the Washington, D.C. and surrounding Maryland communities.

We provide dedicated and aggressive representation to our clients in child support cases, focusing on protecting the best interest of the child with a sound agreement that prevents future problems. Contact us now for a free initial consultation with our experienced family law and divorce attorney, Joel W. Anders.

How Is Child Support Determined?

Child support is handled differently in every state, but there are basic similarities. Nearly all states use a formula mandated by statute to calculate child support amounts.

The figures that are entered into this formula include the number of children, the income of each parent and any other mitigating factors such as health care and child care costs. The court can consider other factors such as extracurricular activities, private school tuition and other factors, but these are handled on a case-by-case basis and are not used in every situation.

Court is not always needed in child support cases. It may be possible to resolve issues through mediation, which is a less contentious process.

Modifications Of Child Support

Often after a divorce, the circumstances for one or both ex-spouses may change, leading to the need for modification of a child support agreement. Changes that could justify court-approved modification include:

  • Loss of a job
  • Income changes
  • Changes in a child's educational needs

Learn More About Child Support

To further discuss your specific child support questions or concerns with our knowledgeable lawyer, call our office at 202-644-9609 or use our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation today.