Child Support and Child Custody Lawyer
For many parents, protecting the best interests of their children is a number one concern. Parents work hard to provide for their children, making sure they have quality parenting time, good education and a healthy lifestyle. While it can be easier to manage that when two parents are working together, you may feel as though you are losing your parenting rights if you go through divorce or share custody with another parent.
If you are creating a child custody or child support decree, it is important to work with an experienced lawyer to make sure your rights are protected at every step of the process. At the Law Office of Caroline Ayres in Dillwyn - that is exactly what we do. We have more than two decades of experience representing clients in Charlottesville and throughout Central and Northern Virginia in a variety of family law matters, including:
- Child Custody: In child custody disputes, our first priority is always protecting the best interests of the children. We work with parents to determine whether sole custody or joint custody is more appropriate for their situation and create a parenting plan to reflect that.
- Child Support: Although child support is based on a state-mandated formula, there can be variations in the correct level of payments. We work with clients to make sure the formula accurately reflects their income, and we help determine true expenses. This can help ensure you are not paying or receiving too much or too little support.
- Post-Decree Modification: If your circumstances change drastically, it is important to work with an attorney to make sure your custody and support orders still match your situation. If you think you need a modification, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you simply stop paying child support or refuse to let your child spend time with the other parent, you will be violating a court order, and that will likely hurt your case down the road.
- Paternity: We work with clients to determine paternity. Correctly determining this can help ensure the proper person is paying support and can help identify parental rights and obligations.
Because most parents do not spend their days in the legal system, it is common to not understand all the options available. We work closely with our clients to help ensure their rights are protected at every step of the process. Learn more about the options available by contacting our Dillwyn, Virginia child custody lawyer online or by calling (434) 983-3418.