Family Law — Child Support

A family case during divorce may be one of the most complex cases to be handled by the court. The issues involved are often very emotional and can cause great stress for both parents and their children. In order to make sure that the child receives adequate support, the court must have a clear understanding of what is going on in the family and why there is a need for the support.

In the beginning of a family case, the court will appoint an attorney to represent the parents. This attorney will usually work with the other attorney representing the children to come up with a plan for the division of assets. If the parents are unable to come up with a plan themselves, the court will appoint a third attorney to act as mediator. Mediation is a way to resolve many family law issues without having to go to trial. During mediation, the attorneys will attempt to reach an agreement between the parents.

If the parents are unable to come to an agreement, the court will then appoint a trial date. At this point, both parties will have the opportunity to present their case to the judge. The judge will hear both sides of the story and will decide if the parents are able to come to an agreement or if they are unable to do so. If the judge decides that the parents are unable to come together, he or she will then enter an order. The order will outline what each party will receive in terms of assets and how much money the child will receive for support.

Once the judge has entered an order, it will be filed with the clerk of the court. The order will stay in effect until either parent makes a motion to change it. Once a motion is made, the court will hold a hearing to determine if the original order should be changed. The hearing will take place in front of a judge who will decide if the original order should be modified.

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