Mr. Moore personally understands the difficulties involved in child support obligations as he pays for child support for his own minor children. There are many issues involved, and during our thirty years of combined experience practicing as Norman child support lawyers, we have seen and solved just about all the possible problems that can arise.
We will go over your child support case with you and give you advice concerning what your rights are and help you to prepare your case so that you get what you deserve under the law.
How is child support determined in Norman, Oklahoma?
Child support in Norman, Oklahoma is determined based on the comparative incomes of both of the parents, and the custody of the children. The number of children, who pays for their education and health expenses, and the amount of visitation with the children, are also taken into account. The Oklahoma Child Support Guidelines, found at 43 Oklahoma Statutes, Sections 118-119, provide more details. The Child Support Guidelines are not mandatory, and you are allowed to make your own agreements as long as the Court determines that they are fair and will provide for the support of your child. If you choose to do this, then you must sign a document with the Court that indicates that you have reviewed the Child Support Guidelines and have agreed to accept the other arrangement. You cannot make any child support arrangement which would stop the parent receiving support from providing housing, food, education, and clothing for the children.
If there has been a dramatic change in your income or in the income of your ex, or if custody has changed or one of you has begun paying more for insurance or other costs for the children, you can ask the Court to reassess child support and change it in order to reflect the changes to your situation. Child support is not automatically changed if you lose your job, or if the child’s other parent gets a higher paying job or loses employment, and you will have to go back to the Court for any changes to child support. If you make any changes to your child support by agreement, you will need to file with the Court a document indicating that you have made this change by agreement, in order to protect your rights under the new agreement that you have made.
Generally, child support lasts until the child turns eighteen (18) or finishes high school, though you can make arrangements and agreements to have the support obligation last longer to cover things like college expenses.
What are my options if my ex is not paying child support?
If there is a Court order that establishes child support, and your ex is not paying support, you have a number of options:
- You can file a Motion to Enforce with the Court, which brings to the Court’s attention the fact that your ex is not paying support as ordered. If you win, the outcome is that your ex will be ordered to pay child support, and that he or she will have to pay your child support attorney fees for the enforcement of the child support order.
- You can file an Application for Citation for Contempt of Court. This is a quasi-criminal procedure, and your ex will be served with notice and will come before the Court for an arraignment to plead either guilty or not guilty. If he or she pleads guilty, the Court can make him or her pay a purge fee to the Court and can order them to pay the full amount that is past due, plus interest, or can order them to make extra payments of up to 40% of their income until they have paid back the amount that is past-due.
- If the Department of Human Services was involved in your proceedings to get child support ordered, then you may additionally report the non-payment to DHS and have the other parent’s wages garnished in order to pay back the past-due amount and to make sure that they pay on time each month.
What do I need to do to prepare for my Norman Child support case?
We will go over your case with you and give you advice concerning what your rights are and help you to prepare your case so that you get what you deserve under the law.
When you retain us, your problem becomes our problem and rest assured we will diligently prepare your case as follows:
- Gather your information pertaining to your side of the story, your pay records and income tax records. It also helps to get your ex’s pages from Facebook or other social media sites, even pornography sites.
- Prepare documents for filing and then file.
- Obtain income information from opposing party through the Court’s discovery process.
- Set the matter for trial.
- Go to trial to get a decision or settle the child support issues through negotiation.
We will send you a contract for our retainer and work out a payment arrangement agreeable to us both.
Why should someone hire your Norman Child support Attorney for assistance?
Mr. Moore at Rick Dane Moore & Associates Law Firm, PLLC, knows the difficulties involved in child support obligations as he pays for child support for his own minor children. There are many issues involved, and during our thirty years of combined experience practicing as lawyers, we have seen and solved just about all the possible problems that can arise.