Experienced Legal Counsel Regarding Child Support
Rioles Law Offices in Providence provides comprehensive legal guidance regarding the establishment of child support to clients throughout Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Child Support Guidelines dictate that a variety of factors be considered when determining the amount of child support a custodial parent receives during and following divorce or a legal separation. The court’s objective is to set an amount that is reasonable or necessary for the child’s support. The factors assessed include:
- The income of both parents
- The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not been dissolved
- The educational needs of the child
- The child’s emotional and physical condition
- Child support obligations from any additional relationships
For the most part, child support follows state-mandated guidelines; however, the proper formulation of income and guideline calculation is essential to ensure that the ultimate child support figure is fair and accurate. Determining the appropriate amount of support can be more difficult when one parent is self-employed or has additional income available from other sources. Attorney Rioles is adept at determining actual income and financial net worth in cases involving family-owned businesses.
Reasons To Deviate From Support Guidelines
If the child has proven special needs, or in cases involving substantial family assets, the court may order above-guideline child support. Ms. Rioles can assist you in protecting your interests in this regard.
In addition to initial child support orders, Rioles Law Offices represents parents seeking modification of support when there has been a substantial change in financial circumstances. Also, if a party is failing to fulfill his or her financial obligations in this area, a lawyer can petition the court on your behalf to enforce the court order through wage garnishment, incarceration or some other means.
Whether you are a custodial parent seeking financial support from a former partner or you want to protect yourself from being ordered to pay more than is appropriate, experienced family law attorney Brenda F. Rioles has the knowledge to assist you.