Pre-Divorce Child Support
When the general public thinks of child support, they frame it in the context of divorce. However, the idea that divorce and child support are directly linked is one of the most common family law misconceptions. In Indiana, you are bound by law to support your child whether you are single, married, separated, or divorced.
According to the Indiana Child Support Guidelines, child support can be applied in a variety of scenarios, including the following common examples.
- Dissolutions of Marriage
- Legal Separations
- Paternity Actions
- Juvenile Proceedings
- Title IV-D Proceedings
Pre-divorce child support is applicable when a married couple separates, but has yet to file for divorce. No matter the reasoning behind this scenario, either party can legally petition for child support and receive a support order. While your marital status does not affect child support proceedings, you and your fellow parent will need to have clear and established child custody and visitation rights in order for the court to assess who will pay child support and how much.
Hiring a professional family law attorney is critical to ensuring your and your children’s needs are met throughout every process, including instances where child support modification is required after a separated couple files for divorce.
Whether you’re in the process of divorce, are seeking pre-divorce child support, or require support as a single custodial parent, our child support lawyers at Webster & Garino LLC will work tirelessly to resolve your family law disputes in the most amicable way possible.