When to File for Child Support

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Here are some key factors to consider when filing for child support.

Child support arrangements are made in nearly every divorce involving children. However, not every divorce is the same, and not all divorces go as planned. And even if a child support agreement seems perfect at the time, circumstances can change.

No matter the reason, you may find yourself trying to file a child support agreement or enforce or modify an existing one. Deciding when to file for child support can be a complex and emotional decision. Here are some key factors to consider when filing for child support.

It’s Never Too Late

It’s generally never too late to create a child support agreement. While most arrangements are negotiated during the divorce process, nothing can prohibit former spouses from handling other issues first and getting to child support later. You should be careful about waiting too long, though, because child support determinations are often made with each party’s financial situation in mind, and the sooner those arrangements are made, the more accurate they are and the sooner you’ll receive the money.

Consider Your Child’s Needs

The first and most crucial factor to consider is your child’s well-being. If you believe your child’s needs are not being met due to the absence of child support, you must act promptly. Waiting to file for child support may prolong your child’s financial hardship and affect their overall quality of life. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Go to Court

It’s always best to work things out away from the court, but if negotiations are lagging, it is essential to file in court. You can always reach an agreement with the other parent later and tell the court that a hearing is no longer needed. Since hearings can take 45 to 60 days to schedule, it is vital to start the clock quickly.

Consider your own financial situation. If you are struggling to meet your child’s needs on your own, it may be best to file for child support as soon as possible. This financial assistance can provide stability and ensure your child’s essential needs are met.

Bottom Line

Deciding when to file for child support should prioritize the child’s best interests. Every situation is unique, and every state has different laws. It’s essential to carefully evaluate your specific circumstances, including your child’s needs, financial stability, and the potential impact on all parties involved. If you believe your child’s well-being is at risk due to the absence of child support, you should take prompt legal action to secure the support they need.

The Right Lawyer Can Make All the Difference

Hiring a lawyer should be the first thing you do when encountering any legal matter, not a last resort. Whether you’re thinking about a separation or divorce or have been charged with a crime, been injured in an accident, or your civil rights have been violated, you need to first know your rights. Contact Mike Mastracci today at 614 Edmondson Ave Catonsville, MD 21228 (with satellite offices in Ocean City, Snow Hill, and Salisbury, Maryland), 410-869-3400, and check us out on Facebook.

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