Child Support Attorney Indianapolis
Complicated legal cases demand experienced Indiana child support attorneys. Serving communities throughout the Indianapolis region.
Making sure you have enough money to support your children after your divorce is a critical element of any divorce proceeding. At Hocker & Associates, LLC, we have handled many divorce cases throughout Indiana and have negotiated child support orders on behalf of mothers and fathers. We also will take a case to mediation or trial if necessary.
Parents can use the state's helpful child support calculator tool to get an idea of what their payment obligation might be.
Evolving child support laws in Indiana
Since July 1, 2012, child support is no longer required for children 19 years old and older in Indiana, unless a child is incapacitated. If this is the case, the child support continues during the incapacity or until further order of the court. A parent of an incapacitated child must obtain a court order to extend child support beyond the child's 19th birthday.
In some cases, a parent with a child under 19 years old may be ineligible for child support. The court emancipates the child if the child marries, goes on active duty status with the U.S. Military or the child is not under the care or control of either parent or an individual or agency approved by the court. A child support order may not be granted in some other cases (for example, if a child is capable of supporting himself or herself through employment).
How is child support calculated?
Courts have established child support orders as legal obligations to provide financial support for a child or children. If you have custody, the non-custodial parent may be ordered to pay a calculated amount to you that is meant to be spent directly on your children.
The state of Indiana uses a child support worksheet and child support guidelines to calculate the amount of support one parent must pay. Click on Indiana's child support rules and guidelines to read more. The guidelines are designed to calculate child support as the share of each parent's income estimated to have been spent on the child if the parents and child were living in an intact household. The following factors are considered in calculated child support:
- Child care expenses
- Income of the mother and father
- Number of prior-born children
- Number of subsequent born children
- Health care expenses of the child
How can an Indianapolis child support lawyer help me?
When you have an experienced child support attorney working with you, you can make sure your specific concerns receive the attention they deserve without delay. Whether you're dealing with negotiating an agreement, amending an existing one or dealing with violations to the terms of your agreement, we can help.
We also understand the sensitive, timely nature of such cases. That's why we want to meet with you as soon as possible to learn more about the details of your case and explain all the legal options available to you.
We never lose sight of the fact that every child support case involves someone's son or daughter. We're parents, too. And we understand the importance of creating a healthy, stable environment for children.
Be in control. Contact our law firm. Call (317) 578-1630. We offer a free consultation to all potential clients. We want to help you get your life back on track. We want to be your lawyer for life.