Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities for Divorce Support Payments
Especially when only one spouse is earning a substantial income, the support issues in a divorce will need immediate attention and can prove contentious. Whether you expect to pay or receive support payments in a metro Washington, D.C. divorce, the attorneys of Bromberg Rosenthal LLP can explain the key considerations and procedures. Contact us in Rockville for additional information.
Rockville Child Support Attorneys: Call 301-251-6200 or toll free 800-836-9994 in Divorce or Paternity
In each of the jurisdictions our lawyers practice in, child support is determined under a guidelines formula. In divorce, the amount of child support you will pay or receive is based on both spouses' income and the number of children to be supported. Depending on where you live, the figure might be adjusted to credit the noncustodial parent for overnight visitation or shared custody.
While the guidelines amount is presumed to be the figure that the noncustodial parent will pay each month, special circumstances can support a parent's case for raising or lowering the child support obligation. Our lawyers can let you know whether any of the unique circumstances of your case will likely justify a judge's decision to adjust the child support payment accordingly.
In paternity cases, the father will generally be required to pay child support in the guidelines amount without any adjustment for overnight custody time until the father obtains a court order for custody or visitation.
Spousal Support Lawyers for Clients in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Alimony, known more formally in each jurisdiction as spousal support, is more negotiable than child support. Our attorneys can advise you about the availability and nature of alimony that might be awarded in your case. Keep in mind as well that the terms of a prenuptial agreement can sometimes result in the waiver of spousal support rights.
Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia all apply somewhat different legal criteria for alimony awards. In Maryland, either spouse's misconduct during the marriage can be a factor to be considered in a judge's grant of alimony, but in Virginia, such misconduct is not to be considered, at least in theory. More generally, alimony awards are based on need and the ability of the financially stronger spouse to pay it.
For more information about child and spousal support in metro Washington, contact Bromberg Rosenthal LLP in Rockville.