Morgantown Child Support Lawyers Advocate for Your Child’s Well-Being
We safeguard the best interests of the child and our client
Morgantown, West Virginia law firm Angotti & Straface, L.C., founded in 1952, represents clients in divorce and child support cases, including modification and enforcement. As trial lawyers, we have the skill and experience to advocate for our clients’ rights in court. Our overarching goal is to protect the best interests of the child and our client.
The state provides child support guidelines
West Virginia child support laws include tables that calculate the amount of child support to be paid by the noncustodial parent based on both parents’ gross monthly incomes and the number of children involved. Overall, West Virginia courts believe that the child’s parents should meet the obligation of providing the child with the basics of sufficient food, shelter, clothing, education, healthcare and childcare.
There could, however, always be extenuating circumstances. Our child support lawyers work within the legal system to ensure your child receives the proper amount, especially if your child has special needs for schooling or medical treatment.
The court order for child support is specific
- The custodial parent
- The amount of support payments
- The date of the first payment
- The frequency of payments
- Events that end the obligation for support
- Where payments should be sent
Parents must report any changes in gross income to the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement.
When the court orders child support payments, these payments typically come from the noncustodial parent’s income. But when the income can’t cover the payments, the support must come from other assets.
Is the age of 18 the termination date for child support?
If by the age of 18, the child is unmarried and is living with a parent, guardian or custodian and is a full-time student pursuing a diploma in a secondary educational or vocational program, support is still mandated. However, payments stop when the child reaches the age of 20.
We can help with child support enforcement
There are always questions about what can be done when a child support payment isn’t made. In West Virginia, payments are made through the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement to the custodial parent. When a “deadbeat” parent fails to make the required payments, state and federal income tax refunds can be garnished. Other penalties may apply. At Angotti & Straface, we help our clients ensure payments are made.
Need legal assistance with West Virginia child support? Contact an experienced attorney for your free initial consultation.
Angotti & Straface, L.C. in Morgantown helps clients effectively resolve child support issues, including payment amounts, modification and enforcement. Call our office at 304-212-7368 or contact us online and let us know how we can help you. We offer Spanish translation services as necessary.