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Ask A Lawyer: Do I Need An Attorney For Support Modification?

Monday, 07 September 2009 00:00

Question:

I have a support modification case and I am thinking about seeking legal representation, but not sure how much it will really help.  I have been under an existing order for support for the last 6 years which I have been paying. I am also making more money now than I did 6 years ago. If the judge has a strict calculation on what money I will pay, how does the lawyer actually help in this case?  I dont mind paying a little more, I just dont want to be abused which is why I was thinking I might need legal help.

 

 

Answer:

A lawyer can be used to establish more confidence that each parent has disclosed all their income and relevant assets, obtain all parenting time and all credits for payments made on behalf of the child (as allowed in the child support calculations).  It is a cost/benefit analysis as to whether the lawyer will reduce your child support enough compared to his or her fee.

 

Erik H. Carter is a Senior Attorney of the Cordell & Cordell, P.C. office in Indianapolis, Indiana as well as the Litigation Manager of both the Indianapolis and Pittsburgh offices. Mr. Carter has practiced since 1993 as an attorney. He is licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania as well as the Northern District of Indiana and the Southern District of Indiana.

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