Baton Rouge Child Support Attorney
How is child support determined?
Divorce is often necessary for the happiness of both parents and their children; however, it can also make things difficult economically. The same two parents now have to earn enough money to sustain two households rather than one. When there is a child involved the question of financial security is critical. You will have to work out a child support plan that provides for the child and, at the same time, makes it possible for both parents to manage financially on their own.
Why call this child support lawyer?
- One-on-one, direct service from your attorney
- Creative, custom-tailored legal solutions
- Free case review to evaluate your options
Whether an agreement for payments is made out of court or by a judge, there are many factors that will come into play: the earning power of each parent, the living arrangements set up in the child custody agreement, and the needs of the child (for example, medical and schooling costs). These are only a few of the points that will influence the final plan for child support. To reduce your risk of walking away from a divorce with too much of the financial burden, call The Layfield Law Firm today.
Providing for Your Children After Divorce
Divorce is stressful enough, but when you bring in the major point of contention – money - it can make it near impossible to keep a clear head and persuade a judge to rule in your favor. As an experienced divorce lawyer in Baton Rouge, Beau Layfield understands what problems you will face and takes the necessary time to prepare your case as efficiently as possible.
At The Layfield Law Firm you will meet one-on-one with Beau so he can educate you about your options and your rights. He will work diligently to get you the financial support necessary to support your child's needs so you can be happy and healthy after your divorce.
Call (225) 283-1374 or request your free consultation online to get started!
As a business owner trying to juggle responsibilities with my clients and in my business, it was important to find someone who understood the value of my time while helping me navigate me through a difficult divorce.- Former Client
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During this process, there were times when I became so frustrated that I wanted to give up. Beau always brought me back to reality and made suggestions to assist with my concerns.- Former Client
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How will child support be calculated?Child support is calculated differently depending on the state one resides in, but the general factors taken into consideration by the court when calculating payments include:
- the standard of living of the child prior to the divorce;
- the ability to pay of the parent giving child support;
- the specific needs of the child, including their food, clothing, and educational costs; and
- the needs and income of the custodial parent (the parent with primary custody of the child).
How will custody of my child be decided?It is possible for you and your spouse to come to a decision regarding child custody without the court intervening.
However, if you and your spouse cannot come to a custody terms agreement, the court will decide for you, and will look at the following:
- the child's gender and age;
- the child's mental and physical health;
- the child's relationship with each parent;
- the parents' respective lifestyles;
- each parent's ability to provide basic necessities for the child, including shelter, food, and clothing; and
- the child's preference (if they are of a certain age).
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Each adopted child has different circumstances. There are several types of adoptions that could take place, including a stepparent adoption, a private adoption or a standard adoption. Each has its own specific challenges. With the help of my firm, we will speed the process through the system as quickly as we can so that you can begin your new family and move forward with starting life together.
Do I have to go to court in order to obtain a divorce?
Filing divorce papers with a court is the only way you will obtain a legal separation from your spouse. This applies to any other form of legal separation, including a marriage annulment. Aside from the divorce decree itself, a court is able to assist in settling other matters related to divorce, which include child custody and the distribution of marital assets.