Child support is one of the most heavily litigated areas of Washington, DC divorce and family law cases. Sometimes, the parties can agree on a fair child support settlement, and everyone can move on with their respective lives. That is not always the case.
In a divorce case, once the divorce is finalized, the parties are no longer married and do not need to deal with the legal process anymore. When child support and child custody and visitation come into play, it can force you to have to deal with your former spouse or the parent of your child for years after the separation.
As a Washington, DC attorney, there are many people I speak with who have a spouse who has not been paying for years and owes a considerable amount of past due support, or “arrearage,” as it called lawyers and judges. I also speak with people, on the other side of the situation, who have been paying for years and have lost a job, became ill, or, for other valid reasons, can no longer afford to pay as much as they once could and are seeking a modification.
Whatever your situation may be, you want to make sure that your DC child support lawyer understands the effect that this can have on your children and your own life and will work with you to get the matter resolved as quickly and painlessly as possible.
It is important to keep in mind that child support should be about the wellbeing of your children, and not about one party getting a windfall in money, or one party getting away without paying the appropriate amount of child support.
In making a determination as to what the appropriate amount of child support should be, the court will look at certain factors established by various statutes and cases.
Some factors that affect child support in Washington, DC are the following:
1. Salary and wages of the parents
2. Business income
3. Social Security benefits
4. Workers’ Compensation
5. Life insurance income
6. Lottery or gambling winnings
7. The number of children
8. Ages of the children
9. Special needs of the children
10. Income disparities among parents
11. Percent of time each parent has physical custody
For a complete list of the factors, see D.C. Code § 16-916.1
If you or your children live in Washington, DC, and you need assistance with child support issues, please feel free to contact the Law Office of Daniel A. Gross, PLLC for a confidential consultation.