What is child support?
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During a divorce process it is not only important to have the support of a lawyer for everything related to the spouses, but also with the children. Its correct development should be guaranteed in the future.
By this we mean the maintenance of the child, which consists of providing help with the costs of living. This includes things like food, clothing and providing a home.
Child support is money that the father without the daily care of one child pays to the other .
For the safety of both parties and the children, it is important that both parents reach an agreement with the help of a child support lawyer.
In fact, sharing child care and buying things directly for them can also be included in a child support agreement, if both parents accept it.
Why is the maintenance of children important?
During the separation different types of emotions are manifested. Therefore, one of the parents may feel unable to talk about the maintenance of the child with the other.
Or simply do not want to do it.
However, the maintenance must treat you at some point, since it is about the future of the children.
With this amount, things such as clothing, food and other necessities are paid.
Similarly, it helps both parents stay involved in the lives of their children.
With the help of these arrangements, children are guaranteed to grow as well as possible until they reach adulthood.
In addition to this reality, it must be remembered that this is not a choice but a legal responsibility .
To establish the parameters and ensure that they are met, it is advisable to consult with the help of a maintenance lawyer.
How to arrange child support?
A significant number of families choose to reach an agreement between them. There are established aspects such as the amount of money and the type of maintenance that children will receive.
This is called a family-based agreement.
However, if the parties do not agree, or if an existing arrangement no longer works, there are other legal ways of organizing the maintenance of the children.
For example, for the child support lawyer to draw up an agreement for you or take the case to court.
How to request support with a representative
A person has the right to choose a representative to act on their behalf with respect to their child support case.
This representative can receive all correspondence that would normally be sent to the client, act on his behalf to inform changes in circumstances and submit a request for maintenance in the first instance.
However, if the representative is not a legally qualified person (for example, a child support lawyer), written authorization must be provided by the principal before anyone can act on their behalf.
When submitting an application on behalf of a client, the same details that the client would have to present in the case, such as information from both parents and children, are required.
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What happens before the breach of obligations?
Section 228 of Title 18 of the United States Code provides that it is illegal for a person to voluntarily not pay child support in certain circumstances.
On the one hand, an individual is subject to federal prosecution if he or she voluntarily fails to pay child support that has been ordered by a court for a child living in another state; if the payment is due for more than 1 year; or if it exceeds the amount of $ 5,000 dollars.
A violation of this law is a misdemeanor, and the convicted criminal faces fines and up to 6 months in prison.
If, in the same circumstances, the payment of child support is due for more than 2 years, or the amount exceeds $ 10,000, it is a criminal offense, and convicted criminals face fines and up to 2 years in prison .
Finally, this statute prohibits persons obligated to pay child support to cross state borders or flee the country with the intention of avoiding paying the respective maintenance that has been due more than 1 year, or exceeds $ 5,000. Anyone convicted of this crime can face up to 2 years in prison.
However, apart from the specific circumstances mentioned above, the problems of compliance with child support are handled by state and local authorities, and not by the federal government.
All matters related to child support must be addressed at the local or state level before they can be taken to the federal level.
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