Both parents are responsible for supporting their children, but in a divorce when one parent has primary custody of a child, the child’s other parent is often responsible for making child support payments. Judges also grant child support to single parents who were never married to the child’s other parent. These payments are intended to give the child or children the same quality of life they would experience if their parents were living together. But a support order may need to be changed when circumstances for either parent or the child change over time. At Donna Ramsey-Caputo, Attorney L.L.C., in , she represents parents throughout Cuyahoga and Medina counties who seek to modify child support payments.
Child support awards and agreements are based on the circumstances of the parents at the time of the proceedings and the foreseeable needs of the child or children. Changes in the lives of either parent or in the needs of the child may necessitate revisiting the amount of support awarded to account for life changes.
Often, the need to change a child support order is obvious. Unfortunately, this process is not always a simple one. It varies by state. She helps parents create a new plan. When parents do not agree, she represents you in court to get a support order changed.
The desire or need to change a support order is often based on the changing circumstances of one of the child’s parents. In other cases, it is based on a child’s changing needs. Some of the many common reasons why parents seek to have the amount of support increased or reduced include:
She has experience helping parents successfully get their child support orders modified for a wide variety of reasons.
Financial problems or the changing needs of your children may alter your circumstances. Still, you must continue to pay child support at the current level until the court modifies your order. Sometimes parents believe that they can decide on their own to decrease or stop child support payments. This is almost never true. In reality, failing to follow a child support order can lead to fines or even imprisonment. She helps you petition expeditiously for a modification to avoid undue hardship.
If you cannot make your payments for any reason, you need to speak with her right away.
If your spouse has fallen behind on child support payments, you may need assistance to collect the money that rightfully belongs to your child. She guides parents through the process of enforcing a child support order.
"Donna is an excellent attorney with a superior knowledge of law. She was very organized and kept me informed during the whole divorce process. She is diligent and determined to do right by her clients. I'm glad she was mt attorney and would recommend her highly. Thank you Donna." - Guy P. Cleveland, OH