Getting the other parent to pay the child support they owe you can be hard, but hiring a child support lawyer can help you figure out what your options are and choose what to do. It's very common for many people to refuse to pay child support. Hiring a lawyer experienced in child support issues will help you navigate the legal system, and if possible, get you the money that you're owed so that you can properly provide for your child.
Whether you're determining child support as part of your divorce settlement or you're an unmarried parent seeking legal support, an attorney can make the process streamlined for you. Disputes involving children and money can quickly become volatile and turn towards discussing child custody. An attorney can objectively negotiate on your behalf to protect your child's interest.
Child support lawyers can:
In general, child support cases cost $2,000 to $5,000. The amount you pay will depend on the goals of your case.
Some lawyers charge a flat fee for simple cases that only require paperwork. This might occur if your case is an uncontested request to change your child support order.
However, many child support cases are time-consuming. Lawyers usually charge an hourly rate between $100 and $400. The lawyer will often request a retainer from you before taking your case.
A retainer is a fee that you pay in advance. The lawyer estimates the number of hours, filing fees, and tests your case will need. The lawyer then requests a retainer fee to take your case. He or she will deduct the cost of doing business from the retainer. When that money runs out, you will receive a bill and a request for funds to continue if necessary.
Some lawyers do not refund unused money in your retainer. Some lawyers can also take payments online or set up payment plans as well. Remember, you are paying for his or her advice, so use them wisely.
You should come prepared to your initial consultation with your family lawyer. Bring any documents requested and bring a list of questions important to your case. Make sure you have a clear goal in mind before interviewing a lawyer, like reducing the child support you were ordered to pay or increasing the child support your children receive.
Besides your attorney's experience and scope of practice, it’s crucial that you work well together. Is your lawyer helpful? Does your lawyer answer your questions as quickly as possible? Does your lawyer understand your goal? Depending on how your potential lawyer answers the following questions, you may need to compare a few lawyers to find the right fit for your situation.
Child support issues always require documentation. Below are some records you will need to collect before proceeding with your case: