'Am I Entitled To Receive Child Support?' Or 'Must I Pay Child Support?'

Being a single parent, whether divorced or never married, is an expensive position to be in. Whether parents are together or separate, both have a legal obligation to contribute to the expenses of raising their children.

The law firm of Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch is experienced in determining the amount of child support that the court should consider. Our Vancouver attorneys have more than 35 years' experience in representing clients addressing child custody and child support issues. We provide helpful legal guidance through the steps of determining parental rights so as to have an appropriate amount of child support ordered. Additionally, if the parent obligated to pay support is not making payments as ordered, our child support attorneys can assist you in enforcing the order through the court.

'How Much Child Support Do I Have To Pay?'

Our Vancouver child support lawyers are experienced in representing clients who have been ordered to pay child support. In these cases, we focus on two main steps:

Determining parentage: We can help determine whether the obligation is appropriate through important processes such as DNA testing to ensure the validity of parentage, if that is in question.

Determining the amount of child support: We inform the client about the legal considerations used in determining the child support calculation and how the client's individual situation and income will be used in making that calculation.

The issues we address may include:

  • A parent requesting child support, while the other parent is denying paternity
  • A parent requesting to stop child support payments due to lack of proof of actual paternity

Is There Reason To Modify An Existing Child Support Order?

In addition to representing clients who are either initially addressing their right to child support or their obligation to pay, Marsh, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch attorneys also review existing child support orders to determine whether a modification of such an order is appropriate. Changes in income or employment circumstances may warrant requesting an adjustment, increase or a decrease in a support amount that was previously ordered.

Contact A Vancouver Attorney Today

If you are seeking legal representation for a child support case, or would like more information about our general family law services, contact our office today for a same-day consultation. You can reach us at 360-450-0993 or toll free at 866-678-1372 or by contacting us online.