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Knowledgeable Guidance In Matters Of Child Support And Spousal Maintenance

Child support and maintenance are often some of the most highly contested matters in a divorce or breakup. Whatever your situation, it is important to explore your options and determine what you are entitled to receive or what you are being asked to pay.

Although child support and maintenance are based on state statutory formulas, the calculations can be very confusing. For this and other reasons, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney. My name is Michael Putter. Founder of my firm, Michael G. Putter, Attorney at Law, I provide family law advice and representation backed by 40 years of experience. I can explain your options, protect your rights and advocate for your best interests and the best interests of your children.

Ensuring A Fair And Accurate Calculation Of Child Support

Whether you had your child in or out of wedlock, if you are no longer with the other parent, you may be entitled to support for the care of your minor children, or you may be obligated to pay. Child support is based on a state statutory formula that takes into account several factors, including:

  • The earning capacity of each parent
  • The time the child or children spend with each parent
  • The special needs of the child

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as collaborative law allow couples to deviate from the guidelines if they have reasonable reasons to do so.

Calculation Of Spousal Support And Maintenance

Depending on the circumstances surrounding a divorce, one spouse may seek spousal support or maintenance from the other. The actual amount that a person is entitled to receive is based on state guidelines that take into account a variety of factors including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The difference in income
  • The earning capacity of both parties
  • The standard of living during the marriage

No matter which side of the equation you are on, I will work tirelessly to ensure that the support award is fair and sustainable for both parties.

Types Of Maintenance (Formerly Called Alimony)

Based on the finding of the court, maintenance can be awarded in one of three forms:

  • Permanent: A set sum for the life of the parties
  • Rehabilitative: A term to allow one party to gain skills to obtain a higher standard of living
  • Lump sum: An award of one lump sum at the end of the divorce

The best way to understand your options or obligations is to discuss them with an experienced attorney like me.

Modifications Of Court Orders For Child Support And Maintenance

Modifications can be made to both child support and maintenance awards if either party can show a substantial change in circumstances. This is usually a substantial increase or decrease in the earnings of one or both of the parties or a change in custody of the children. Because courts are reluctant to modify existing orders without a compelling reason to do so, it is important to make the strongest possible argument for your position with the help of an attorney.

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