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Breaking the Myths on Your Monthly Child Support Payments

You’ve learned the ins and outs of child support, but you still have questions. You’ve heard things from others about child support payments and want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your experience. From an experienced attorney who understands both sides in the matter, we want to discuss child support myths with you today so you can move forward with a better understanding of your payments and exactly how the system works.

Myths of Child Support

Nobody has to pay child support if both parents share joint custody. This sometimes can be true in special instances. However, in most cases, one parent will have to pay some type of child support if you take these matters to court. Even with joint custody, the child tends to be with one parent more often than another. 

Your child support payments are actually tax-deductible. No, your child support payments have nothing to do with your income taxes. This means that, if you are a paying parent, you are not allowed to deduct these payments from your expenses. 

When my children turn 18, my ex-spouse doesn’t owe me back payments anymore. So, let’s say that your ex-spouse has not been keeping up with payments and now they are thousands of dollars behind. When your child turns 18 and payments stop, it doesn’t matter, as there are no statutes of limitations on your cases and you will still be able to take them for back support.

Child support payments will remain the same from the birth of your child until they stop receiving. There are actually many reasons why child support payments will increase and decrease over time. Perhaps one spouse loses a job, or there is a drastic change in the needs of the child. This will change the amount of support being paid. 

You need to spend child support directly on the kids – for clothing, food, and drink. You can actually use child support for many other things, like housing, health insurance, and activities that your child participates in, too. 

Child support payments can be lowered if my spouse quits their job on purpose, benefiting them. The courts recognize a spouse quitting a job as an aversion tactic. They will not decrease the child support payment. The court understands that both parents must do what it takes to support the child.

Have you heard one of these child support myths in the past? Perhaps now you are fitted with the tools to move forward with a better understanding. If you still have questions concerning child support, we want to hear from you today. Give us a call to get started on your case.

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Adrianne Fernandez 3/11/2021

Beyond impressed! I had been self represented through years of family law and child support court hearings and was so hesitant to hire an attorney out of fear and trusting that they would appropriately represent myself and child. After tons of research I contacted Ms. Azizi. I immediately was greeted by Lorenzo, the Office Administrator, who made me feel so welcomed and comfortable. He assisted in making communication seamless and effortless and walked me through each step of the process. Ms. Azizi heard my concerns and was extremely sensitive to the matter of FAMILY. The team did an amazing job with discovery and building a strong case that gave me confidence and I was successful in coming to an agreement with the other party, in what has yet to have been the easiest hearing of all, thanks to them. Ms. Azizi settled my case after years of stress and agony. I am grateful for finding the team and Ms. Azizi and definitely recommend them for any of your legal needs!

Linda P 6/19/2020

This law firm is the best! They have helped me so much with my Divorce and Criminal cases and I really wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have them to represent me. Lorenzo and Ro are awesome and are there to help at all times. My attorney was Mr.Edmondson and he has been amazing. This law firm is truly great and I will never go to any other one. Their responses are quick and will answer any questions you might have.

Diana H. 05/01/2021

Seven stars. I had planned to put up my reviews after my final judgment but after the first hearing, couldn't wait, and I would write this whatever the outcome of my difficult case. Soheila was simply amazing in her arguments and strategy before the judge. I felt so taken care of. I chose her for her near-30 years of experience as an attorney, the depth and strength I observed in one who had weathered hardship through her many accomplishments, her compassion, and her smarts. I can't imagine what other attorney would have Zoomed with me even in sickness to help prepare me for a legal session. And I later saw how keen she'd been in her advice. I've been deeply touched watching Soheila and her paralegal Lynda Walker fight for my child as if he were their own. They in particular have treated me with great humanity - day and night from what I experienced at my former attorney's. Lynda is a gem, on her toes, flexible, hard-working, committed to each client, humble, and sweet. She has slaved over my case, doing much of the writing, watchful of me on paper and in person, guiding me gently while encouraging me to use my voice. The staff, including the office administrator Lorenzo and Linda C, is caring, respectful, and conscientious. A band of angels.