Salt Lake City Child Support Attorneys
Handling the Stress of Child Support Disputes
Child support disputes can be extremely contentious and emotional. At Lokken & Putnam, P.C., we guide both custodial and noncustodial parents through the complex child support process and work to get them a favorable result.
In Utah, a calculator generally determines the total child support payment. Our Salt Lake City child support attorneys may be able to show why a child's unique circumstances require a modified payment. Whether you are unmarried or you are negotiating child support during divorce, Lokken & Putnam, P.C. is ready to help. We represent both mothers and fathers in child support disputes across in Cottonwood Heights and throughout Utah.
Contact us online or give us a call at (801) 829-9783 to request a consultation with our team.
What Does Child Support Cover in Utah?
Noncustodial parents pay child support to the custodial parent to cover the cost of taking care of a child. The Utah child support calculator takes into account both parents' income to determine the recommended child support payment.
These payments will go towards:
- Shelter, food, and other basic necessities for the child
- Medical and dental expenses
- Educational expenses
- Extracurricular activities
Your Rights & Obligations Regarding Child Support
Parents cannot waive child support payments. These payments follow the child. If there is a change in primary custody, the payments will go to that parent. In addition to child support payments, parents are also required to share work-related child-care expenses, as well as medical expenses.
Our Salt Lake City child support lawyers can help you determine your required payments before a hearing and guide you through the entire process. Agreements are much more difficult to change after creation – working with an experienced attorney can help you get a fair child support agreement from the start.
Understanding Child Support Modifications
Modifications depend on the age of the original child support order and if there are significant changes in a child's or parent's life. After three years, either parent can request a simple review of the order to determine if there is a difference of 10% or more between the ordered support amount and the amount required under the guidelines. Before three years, a parent must have a major reason to request a modification, which can include a 30% change in income or a major increase in medical care or education-related child expenses.
Assertive Child Support Enforcement
If a parent underpays or refuses to pay the proper amount of child support, we can help you with enforcement. Our lawyers will work with the proper government agencies and courts to compel a person to pay their full child support payments.
Many people believe that if a parent falls behind on child support payments, they do not receive parent time. This is not true. Parents should receive their parent time regardless of how behind they are in child support payments.
For representation in a child support dispute, contact Lokken & Putnam, P.C. at (801) 829-9783.
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