Salt Lake County Child Support Attorneys
Effective Legal Representation for Parents
Utah courts recognize a parent’s legal obligation to provide for his or her child. To ensure that parents fulfill their obligations to their children, the Utah legislature has enacted a series of statutes designed to clarify parents’ legal duties regarding child support. Child support orders typically include a base child support amount as well as provisions that assign responsibility for medical treatment and childcare. Child support obligations usually remain in effect until a child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later.
If you need help with a child support case, you can count on Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC to represent you diligently. From our office in Draper, our Salt Lake County child support lawyers can fight to protect your rights and pursue your best interests.
Call (801) 515-4133 now to schedule a free consultation. We serve Salt Lake County and Utah County.
How Child Support is Determined in Utah
Calculating child support obligations can be one of the simplest parts of a divorce or other family law action. Child support calculations are based on a group of statutes that use factors such as parents’ income, nights the child spends with each parent, number of children, and other custody factors. These figures are inputted into a child support calculator to assign a child support obligation to one of the parties.
Future Changes for Child Support
Child support calculation is not always straightforward. For example, one or both of the parties may be in a temporary period of unemployment or underemployment or have had recent changes to their income. Changes in income are very common for individuals involved in family law disputes. In these situations, the party requesting child support must work to demonstrate the other parent’s historical earning capacity to maximize the child support payment. Because child support is determined by looking at specific numbers, a parent’s respective child support obligations can fluctuate as their circumstances change. Whether a parent can modify a child support award depends heavily on the relevant statute and wording of the court order.
Many parents are in the frustrating situation of not receiving child support payments from the other parent. Our Draper child support attorney routinely assists clients with enforcing court orders by filing motions for an order to show cause. This procedure holds the other party accountable for failing to pay child support or any other court-ordered obligation. In addition, the Utah Office of Recovery Services (“ORS”) regularly intervenes in ongoing lawsuits or initiates administrative actions to enforce orders containing child support provisions.
Calculating and enforcing child support obligations is a very common issue in family law disputes and usually requires the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney. Choose our child support attorneys in Salt Lake County to represent you with care.
Call us at (801) 515-4133 for a free consultation.