Child Support Lawyer in Richland
Child support is a fundamental and essential part of ensuring a child’s well-being. Whether you’re giving or receiving the payments, Skyview Law PLLC can help ensure that everything functions as it should. Here’s what you should know about the services we offer.
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What Is A Child Support Lawyer?
A child support lawyer helps establish, maintain, modify, or terminate a plan for child support. In this context, the phrase child support typically refers to financial payments from one parent (who spends less time with the child) to the other parent (who has the primary responsibility for raising the child). Child support is a specific part of the broader family law category of services.
This definition can change somewhat based on individual negotiations and circumstances. For example, if one parent only raises the child two days of the week and is very poor while the other parent raises the child five days of the week and is quite wealthy, the poorer parent may be eligible for child support despite spending less time with the child.
A Richland child support lawyer helps represent the interests of the parents in these circumstances, and you should not confuse this with lawyers who have the child as a client. We can do that here at Skyview Law PLLC, but that’s not this particular service.
Will It Be Expensive?
“Will a child support lawyer cost more than I can afford?”
That’s one of the first questions many people have, but consider this: Professional representation in court could significantly change the amount you can expect to pay or receive over time. If you spend $2,500 on an attorney but end up saving $10,000 over the lifetime of the child support plans, that’s essentially a savings of $7,500.
In addition, we offer flexible and family-friendly payment options (more on that below), so you can have the Richland child support lawyer you need without breaking the bank.
How Long Should I Retain A Lawyer For?
That depends on the nature of your case. In most cases, child support payments end when the child becomes a legal adult (although that, too, can be negotiable). As such, people may retain a lawyer for anywhere from a few months to over a decade.
The main reason to keep a lawyer on the case is that circumstances change, and those could, in turn, result in modifications to a child support plan. As attorneys for family law Kennewick residents often need help with, we’ve seen some twists and turns in child support cases that nobody could have predicted.
The good news is that keeping an attorney on the case isn’t very expensive. Unless we’re actively working on the case, you could go months or even years without a bill and still have help ready to go if you ever need it. That’s the kind of child support lawyer Benton County residents deserve to have, and at Skyview Law PLLC, we’re proud to live up to the standards of what we believe a lawyer should be.
We know that the pressures of life can make it hard to get down to an office for a visit, so be sure to ask about our Richland online child support options.
How Skyview Law Can Help You
Skyview Law handles family law in Kennewick and offers expertise relevant to your family’s situation. Skyview Law helps clients prepare and understand paperwork, provides support in the courtroom, and navigate challenging legal scenarios. Having competent legal aid can also increase the chance of positive outcomes in your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
Child support attorneys specialize in structuring child support payments, clarifying child support orders, determining the terms of child support, implementing and enforcing custody agreements, and organizing visitation periods. Child support lawyers negotiate for their client and offer support.
On average, a child support attorney charges between $250 and $500 per hour. In uncontested cases, total costs will be somewhere between $2,500 and $5,000, but contested cases can be much more expensive, sometimes totaling $25,000 or more.
In Washington State, child support is calculated via the combined total income of both parents. The total amount is divided between both parents based on their individual contributions to the combined total income. This is calculated as a percentage, determined by the courts on which parents (or both) have to pay.
In Washington State, you can file a motion with the court to adjust your child support order. You can file these petitions online, using several options such as the personal interview program or Washington Forms Online. When you complete the child support and financial info, you can finalize any modification to your child support order pending the input of the courts.
About Skyview Law
Jarrod Hays is the founder of Skyview Law. He graduated from Northwestern School of Law in 2008 and opened his practice shortly after that. Since then, Mr. Hays has served the Richland community across a range of practice areas. He is a seasoned attorney with ample experience in family law, probate, divorce, child custody, and everything in between.
Mr. Hays is a member of the American Institute of Legal Counsel, as well as several legal groups. He was rated as one of the 10 best attorneys under 40 for client satisfaction in Washington state.