- Family Law Overview
- Division of Assets
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Divorce Modifications
Obtaining adequate child support during and after a divorce is essential to providing your children with the necessities of life and maintaining the standard of living they enjoyed when you were married. At Kirshenbaum Law Associates, our child support lawyers in Rhode Island are fully committed to helping you obtain the support you and your children need. We strive to get you more than the mere minimum and often step in to modify child support orders when circumstances change.
Child support is generally determined by the Rhode Island Child Support Formula and Guidelines. These guidelines establish the minimum support that must be paid by the noncustodial parent, or the parent with visitation rights. To learn more about visitation rights, speak with a Rhode Island child support attorney at our firm or see our page on visitation.
The Rhode Island support guidelines use an income shares model to determine how much parents should be contributing financially to support their children. Under this model, the court combines the adjusted gross incomes of both parents, subtracts certain deductions, and determines the level of support a child would receive if the parties had not separated. The noncustodial parent is then obligated to pay his or her percentage of the total support. Under the guidelines, support payments increase according to the parents’ income levels and the number of children, with modifications for certain expenses such as day care. To learn more about child support guidelines in Rhode Island, see our frequently asked questions.
Our Rhode Island child support attorneys represent parents who need more than the minimum child support payments established by the guidelines. We also represent clients who have obtained a child support order in their divorce and are not satisfied by the amount. In these cases, we assist with support order modifications, which you can learn more about from our modifications page.
To obtain more than the minimum support amount allowed, we present evidence for the needs and expenses of your children, yourself and your spouse. If your spouse refuses to work to provide sufficient support, our child support attorneys in Rhode Island can ask the court to determine his or her earning capacity and award support on that basis. If your spouse has sufficient assets and income to pay support but refuses to pay, we can also assist with enforcement actions such as wage garnishment and attachment of property.
Our child support lawyers in Rhode Island are dedicated to using our experience and reputation for winning results to provide the help you need. We offer assistance collecting child support arrears on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees until we collect an award for you. To learn more about the services we provide, contact Kirshenbaum Law Associates, Inc. online or call 401-467-5300 today.
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