You are a single parent with children. The courts granted you primary custody of the children and child support. However, you have not seen any money. Here are some of the many reasons that you should fight for child support.
It is very expensive to raise children. As a single parent, your job status may have changed. If you are no longer able to stay home with your children, you may have to pay for child care, including before and after school care. Child support considers the provision of work-related child care.
It is the parental responsibility of both parents to support their children. When you have children, you are assuming financial responsibility. It does not matter what the custody arrangement is, the law requires that you help provide for your children.
Your children are entitled to the same standard of living as their parents. If your children are accustomed to being able to afford to go places and do things, they should be able to continue to do so after their parents divorce. Helping financially will allow your children to have the same lifestyle to which they have grown accustomed.
Parents who pay child support are more likely to remain in their children’s lives. Your children deserve both parents, even if it is only one at a time. It is not their fault that you did not marry or that you got divorced. Parents who pay child support are more likely to visit their children, according to The Urban Institute’s National Survey of American Families.
Child support will be enforced seriously. If necessary, child support will be withheld from the payor’s paycheck and paid to a support enforcement agency. In addition, child support can be backdated to the date of filing of the request for child support.
There is so much to stress about while going through a divorce. However, it is very important to your children that you get child support and are able to support them in the way that they have been raised. Contact Linda Sorg Ostovitz of Offit Kurman at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (301) 575-0381 to schedule a consultation for any of your child custody and child support questions.
If you are considering divorce and need the assistance of an experienced lawyer to help you work through some of these issues, then please contact Linda Sorg Ostovitz at email@example.com or 301-575-0381.
ABOUT LINDA SORG OSTOVITZ
Linda Sorg Ostovitz is a family law attorney. Her legal experience spans more than 34 years. In this time, she has served as a leader, educator and advocate. Mrs. Ostovitz holds a prestigious fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Currently, she serves as President for the Business Women’s Network of Howard County, by which she was chosen Woman of Distinction for 2014. Mrs. Ostovitz represents clients in Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll and Baltimore Counties. Her practice focuses exclusively on divorce litigation and mediation, child custody and access, child support, alimony, business valuation, as well as property and asset distribution. In addition to providing legal representation in court, Mrs. Ostovitz provides mediation services to help families come to a fair and legally-sound conclusion outside of the traditional court proceedings.
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