Everything You Need To Ask Your Child Support Attorney
If you are going through a divorce or separation and have a child or children, you will want to ensure that you are doing everything you can to provide stability for your children at what can be a very difficult time. Emotions may well be heightened so here are the questions you should be asking your child support attorney, to make sure that you get the best possible support.
Can We Make Arrangements Without Going To Court?
If you are just in the process of splitting up, then this could feel impossible. However, if you are able to avoid going to court then costs will be much lower. Here are the three major things that need to be sorted out:
- Where the children will live.
- When and how you will make sure that they spend time with both parents.
- How you will make sure that all of the things that they need are paid for.
Sometimes, it is possible to decide one or more of these factors without issue, but contention may be raised over one of them. In these cases, it may be necessary to attend court.
Is Mediation An Option?
Mediation is a useful tool for reaching agreements. It involves a mediator, who is trained, independent and impartial. They will facilitate communication between you and your ex partner to try to reach voluntary resolution. Evidence that you have attended a mediation session is usually required before you are able to go to court.
How Should Child Maintenance Be Arranged?
Depending on your particular circumstances, there are a range of ways that child maintenance can be arranged. These are:
- A family-based child maintenance arrangement – this is usually the quickest and easiest way of arranging child maintenance. However, they aren’t usually legally binding so problems can arise if it isn’t kept to.
- Government schemes – there are three statutory schemes for arranging child maintenance. The 2012 Child Maintenance Scheme is open to all applicants who can’t make a family-based arrangement.
- Court orders – these are available in certain situations when government schemes aren’t suitable.
How Will Child Maintenance Affect Tax And Benefits?
It is important to understand how your finances will be affected by any child maintenance payments (whether you are making them or receiving them). Your child support attorney should be able to provide you with information to help you.
Where Can I Find A Child Support Attorney?
At Beeston Shenton, we have a dedication family law team who can help you with all elements of child support, from arranging living arrangements and contact to calculating support payments. We offer family law services across Cheshire and Staffordshire, with offices in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Sandbach, Crewe and Knutsford. You can contact us today.