Creating A Financial Foundation For Children

Siegel & Kaufman, P.C., understands that an effective child support arrangement must be created with your unique situation in mind. Many child support issues are resolved by the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines, but our attorneys have extensive backgrounds in handling child support in relationships involving high income for which the guidelines do not make specific provisions. Our firm is well-known for discretion in high-profile cases and works to achieve the results you need with speed and efficiency.

What Is Child Support?

When a couple no longer lives together and custody is determined for their child or children, child support is ordered to make sure all of the child's needs are met. Child support is a payment made by one parent to the other, usually from the noncustodial parent to the parent the child spends the most time with. In most cases in Connecticut, parents are responsible for child support for their children through the age of 18, or if the child is still in high school upon attaining the age of 18, then support continues until graduation from high school or the child attains the age of 19, whichever first occurs. Our sophisticated legal team understands all the options when it comes to child support and ensures that your case is resolved in the best possible manner.

How Is Child Support Calculated?

Connecticut child support is calculated using the Connecticut Child Support and Arrearage Guidelines. The law uses both parents' incomes to calculate the appropriate standard child support payments. This set amount can be adjusted based on:

  • The parents' expenses
  • The child's special needs
  • Visitation expenses
  • The parents' medical or disability expenses
  • Employment-related expenses of the parents
  • Substantial assets or resources of the parents
  • Division of marital assets in a divorce
  • Differences in income between the parents
  • Needs of other dependents

The court may deviate from the Child Support Guidelines under various circumstances, including if the parents share equal time, or have an arrangement that is near to equal time, with the child. Courts have the power to decide that a parent is purposefully unemployed or underemployed to avoid child support and can adjust the amount to reflect this. The attorneys at Siegel & Kaufman, P.C., are experienced child support lawyers, ready to handle your case with a client-centered attitude.

When Is Child Support Terminated Or Changed?

Child support payments in Connecticut end:

  • Upon the death of the paying parent or death of the child
  • When the child turns 18, or if the child is still in high school on attaining age 18, then support terminates upon graduation from high school or attaining age 19, whichever first occurs.
  • At age 23 for a child with special needs

Child support can be modified if there is a substantial change in ongoing circumstances. Generally, a modification is deemed appropriate if there is a 15 percent change in the amount due under the new circumstances. There is often a difficult issue in proving exactly what the income of each parent is. Our child support attorneys are prepared to use their varied backgrounds to assist you in achieving the child support award that is best for you.

What Are My Rights If The Obligated Parent Is Not Paying Child Support?

Child support orders can be enforced by the court. The most common method is via an income withholding order, so that the other parent's child support payments are taken directly out of his or her paycheck. Incarceration is another enforcement tool. State and federal tax refunds can be withheld, liens can be placed against property and bank accounts can be accessed. When you need help enforcing your child support order, Siegel & Kaufman, P.C., stands up for your rights to make sure you receive the payments you deserve.

Contact Us Today For An Appointment

Siegel & Kaufman, P.C., makes a point of returning calls on the same day. Reach our office at 203-326-5145 or use our online contact form. Located off I-95 at exit 9, our office is convenient to all of Fairfield County. Our skilled lawyers are ready to take on your case.