Post Judgment Child Support Concerns
Child Support is established by a court order. The application asking a child support order be established is either a motion in dissolution of marriage action or a Petition for Child Support. One of the parents files the proper documentation with the court or the State of Connecticut commences the process if a parent is on State or Municipal financial Assistance. The parents must each prepare a financial affidavit. The State of Connecticut Commission for Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines have established recommended child support awards and have prepared a child support guideline worksheet to be used in each case. There may be a deviation based upon facts specific to your case. A Connecticut Family Law Attorney at Gryk & Frolich LLC can provide you information on filing for child support, modifying a child support order or seeking enforcement of an established court order.
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- Child support (I am the person paying child support)
- Child support (I am the person receiving child support)
- Modifying a court order for child support
- Child support resources
- Custody and visitation
This should not be taken as legal advice and the reader is advised to contact an attorney to determine their rights. Law varies from state to state.If You are the Obligor, the Person Paying Child Support
Whether you are the non-custodial parent (the child does not primarily live with you) or a parent with shared custody you may be required to pay child support. If you fail to pay the amount the court has ordered you may be served with a Motion for Contempt of the Court Order. You will receive a summons to appear in court. You may face a risk of incarceration (jail) and therefore have a right to be represented by an attorney if you cannot afford one and the court determines you qualify. You can ask the case be continued to another date to allow you time to retain your own attorney. You must appear at court on the date you were notified to attend. If you fail to do so the judge can order a capias (civil arrest warrant) for you. If a capias is issued a state Marshal will pick you up and you will remain incarcerated until the next session of the appropriate court is held.
If you need a private attorney Gryk & Frolich may be able to assist you. Contact a Connecticut attorney at Gryk & Frolich LLC.If You are the Oblige, Receiving Child Support
If you are the custodial parent (children live with you) or the lower net weekly income earner in a shared custody case (children live substantially with bot h parents and no primary residence is court ordered) and you have a court order for child support you have the right to enforce the court order. If the other parent is not paying on the court order you can file a Motion for Contempt of the Court Order You can contact your local child support enforcement agency to assist you in collecting child support. Support Enforcement may file a Motion for Contempt on your behalf however they cannot act as your attorney.
If the State of Connecticut support Enforcement cannot assist you, you have the option of filing the Motion yourself. You can also retain a private attorney to file the Motion for Contempt on your behalf and represent you at the hearing. This office may be able to help you. Contact a Connecticut attorney at Gryk & Frolich.Motion to Modify a Child Support Order
If you are paying child support and your income has been reduced and it was not voluntary, you can request a modification of the court order if child support deviates at least 15% from the child support guideline support. This does not excuse you from making current payments as court ordered until the order is changed by a judge.
If you are receiving child support and your income has been reduced, or the other parent’s income has substantially increased, you can request a modification of the court order if child support deviates at least 15% from the the child support guideline support.
If you are receiving child support the State of Connecticut Support Enforcement Services may be able to assist you in filing a Motion to Modify child support. Contact your local Child Support Enforcement Division if you need help modifying orders.
If a Motion to Modify is appropriate and you need the assistance of an attorney, this office may be able to assist you. Contact a Connecticut lawyer at Gryk & Frolich LLC.Child Support Resources
- Connecticut Judicial Branch
- Child Support in Connecticut A Guide to Resources in the Law Library
- State of Connecticut Commission for Child Support Guidelines Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines
This should not be taken as legal advice and the reader is advised to contact an attorney to determine their rights. Law varies from state to state.Custody and Visitation
Custody and visitation are complicated issues and will depend on the facts of your individual situation. If you have custody or visitation issues, you should consult an attorney. Our office may be able to assist you. Contact an attorney at Gryk & Frolich LLC.
This should not be taken as legal advice and the reader is advised to contact an attorney to determine their rights. Law varies from state to state.