Connecticut Child Support

Connecticut Child Support

If you need help with receiving, enforcing or modifying child support in Connecticut, Law Offices of Alexander H. Schwartz can help. With over 30 years’ trial experience, Alexander Schwartz is one of the best divorce lawyers in Connecticut. You will work directly with the primary attorney, ensuring that you get the best legal advice for child support issues.

Receiving Child Support

Only the custodial parent is eligible to receive child support payments. Child support payments are generally calculated using the Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines. The Guidelines are mathematical formulas based on the combined incomes of both parents and the number of children who need support. These formulas are not absolute, however. The payment may be increased to account for child care or medical care. Judges can also make exceptions – which must be explained – and order a different amount than what the formula would require. For example, the judge may take into account the noncustodial parent’s ability to pay or other children the noncustodial parent must support financially. Other factors the judge may consider include:

  • Educational needs
  • Parents’ expenses such disability expenses or travel expenses required for visitation
  • Tax implications
  • Shared custody
  • The best interests of the child

When an amount is determined, the judge will issue an order setting forth the amount of child support that must be paid.

Enforcing Child Support

There are three main ways to enforce child support orders in Connecticut. The first is income withholding – commonly known as wage garnishment. A parent may be charged with contempt, which requires that the court find “that the noncustodial parent willfully failed to obey the court order,” according to the state’s judicial website. A judge may require that the parent pay a lump sum amount of money to the custodial parent or sentence him to jail for a period of time if he is found to be in contempt of the order. Noncustodial parents who fail to obey a support order may have their driver’s license revoked for thirty days. Even if the noncustodial parent lives out of state, the court can use other methods to enforce child support, including:

  • Seizure of financial assets
  • Interstate property liens
  • Registering the order in another state, which allows the other state to enforce it
  • Prosecuting the noncustodial parent under federal law

Even when a noncustodial parent fails to pay child support, he or she still has the right to ask for visitation and custody.

Modifying Child Support

Child support payments can be modified. Typically, there must be changed circumstances, such as a change in income or a change in the cost of caring for the children. Remarriage does not affect one’s child support obligations because biological parents have a duty to financially support their children regardless of what happens in his or her life. Even if one parent subsequently marries a wealthy person, the other parent’s obligation will not be modified on that basis alone. Alexander Schwartz can assist you in filing the appropriate paperwork with the court to seek a modification of the original order.

The Law Offices of Alexander H. Schwartz offers flexible payment plans. If you are looking for family lawyers in Bridgeport, CT, please contact us today.


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