Child Support

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.

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Our FAQ

Have questions? We are here to help. Still have questions or can't find the answer you need? Give us a call at 225-283-1374 today!

  • Should I take a settlement offer?

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  • How long will the divorce process take?

    The length of your divorce proceedings will depend on different factors, which include how long it takes to serve divorce papers to your spouse, whether your spouse is willing to waive their rights to service and notice of trial, whether you have minor children from the marriage and legal delays. Typically, it will take 20 to 40 days to receive a divorce judgment from the court after papers have been served. If your spouse decides to waive his or her rights to service and notice of trial, the judgment can come swiftly. It is important to note that a judgment does not become finalized until the 30-day "appeals" window has ended.

    Another important point to note is that you must be living separately from your spouse for six months (or longer if there are minor children from the marriage) before being able to file a petition, unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as your spouse committed a felony. Securing an attorney for legal representation may result in your divorce process being resolved much faster than you attempting to navigate the proceedings on your own.

  • Isn't divorce expensive?

    A contested divorce can get expensive due to the necessity to attend trial, and document the case to present in court. Those who can work out their agreements prior to court and settle them with negotiations can not only save a lot of money, they avoid the serious stress of a court trial and exposing your personal business in court. In either case, I will help you bring the issue to a resolution with the least amount of stress, whether in a contested or uncontested divorce. I make every effort to make my services affordable so that you can have high quality legal counsel to support your case.

  • 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.

  • 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).