Around 40 percent of all marriages end in divorce. Many times those ended marriages include children and court-ordered child support. When a divorce occurs and families separate, often both children and parents are left to figure out how life will move on after the divorce. There are things everyone should know about child support and how to handle the situation calmly and effectively. We know to find a child support lawyer in Columbus, Ga can be stressful, here are a few things to consider.
Below are 5 things you should know about child support in Georgia and Alabama.
What You Need to Know About Child Support
- Get an Attorney – Whether you choose Phillips and Sellers Attorneys at Law or another legal firm, your first step in dealing with child support should be obtaining an attorney. To navigate the muddy waters of divorce and child support issues, Phillips and Sellers is your firm with over 22 years of experience in family law. We know the ends and outs of handling your child support case in both Alabama and Georgia.
- Keep Records of Everything – Whether you are the payer or on the receiving end of the child support, keep records of everything. Keeping a record of all interactions, payments, and disputes is crucial for your child support case and if payment is not received or other issues arise you have records and documents you can take to your attorney.
- The Payer is Not “In Charge” – Often in child support cases, there is also a co-parenting relationship between former spouses. It can be difficult and emotional to send money to a former spouse and not know what the money is being spent on or how it is supporting your child, however, it is up to the receiving parent to make positive choices for how to spend the money. If the payer feels like wrongdoing is occurring then contacting your attorney is the best decision not withholding funds.
- Keep the Kids Out of It – No matter the relationship between former spouses, keeping the children out of child support cases is both beneficial to the child/children and the positively of the co-parenting relationship. The trauma of divorce is already hard on the children, adding the negative talk and blame of mom or dad can have serious consequences to a child’s psyche.
- Different State, Different Laws – Each state has its own set of laws regarding child support laws. When you choose Phillips and Sellers, we handle both Georgia and Alabama divorce cases, child support cases, and family law in each state.
Family Lawyers in Columbus, Georgia
We at Phillips and Sellers Attorney at Law have been handling family law cases in the Chattahoochee Valley area for over 22 years. Let us take the stress out of the whole divorce and child support case process. Every child support case is different and should be handled with care, to best seek the interest of the child or children involved. To learn more about our family law services or to schedule a child support consultation please contact us.