How an Attorney Can Help You with Child Support

If you are a single mother, your child is entitled to financial support from his or her biological father. Of course, it is not always easy to get the father to pay. However, a family law attorney can do many things to help you. The following are just a few things that a lawyer can help you accomplish.

Establish paternity
This is often an overlooked aspect of child support. You need to make sure that the courts recognize the biological father as the legal father. This is done through a DNA test. It is quick and easy to do, and when the results show that the man you claim is the father is, in fact, the biological father, then a judge will rule him to be the legal father. Once this is done, you can then pursue child support. In many states, the amount of child support is calculated after the tests come back, so you will have a ruling on the amount you will collect right away.

Collecting back support
If you already have child support awarded to you but have had troubling collecting it, an attorney can be helpful. There are many ways that child support can be collected, but for most fathers who are employed, the most effective method is to have their wages garnished. An attorney can get an order for wage garnishment, so the father will have a certain amount of money deducted from their paycheck which is then transferred to you. Cook County child support enforcement is routinely involved in this process.

They can help locate the father
Perhaps you know who the father is, but you simply don’t know where he is. Maybe the father skipped town the first time you told him he was the father. Another common situation is when a father begins to fall behind in child support payments, so they leave town. There is no forwarding address, and no one knows where he moved. An attorney can often locate these fathers. You have to understand that the father is hiding from you but will not be aware you have an attorney. Lawyers have resources to locate people.

If you have a child, you need to make sure he or she is supported. An attorney can help you in many ways.

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