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Waukesha County Child Support Lawyers

Brookfield child support lawyers

Attorneys for Calculating, Changing and Enforcing Child Support in Pewaukee, Brookfield and New Berlin

In any divorce that involves minor children, determining a fair and just child support calculation is critical. Support payments are a right of the children. At Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, we do not believe that child support payments should be used as a weapon.

Whether you will receive payments on behalf of your children or you are the parent obligated to make payments, our goal is to protect the interests of your child. Moreover, when a divorce is finalized, the child support arrangement can only be modified based upon a substantial change of circumstances. That is why it is essential to have a diligent family law attorney guide you through the complex child support calculations to ensure that your rights are protected from the start.

Child support obligations are based on an evaluation of each parent's income or earning capacity. Important factors to consider include:

  • The income and earning capacity of each parent;
  • The amount of time the child spends with each parent including the complex calculations of overnights which may exceed 365;
  • Whether a parent is supporting other children.

In addition, in 2018 Wisconsin law was amended to allow for the consideration of variable costs related to raising children. Under DCF 150.02(29), variable costs are "the reasonable costs above basic support costs incurred by or on behalf of a child, including but not limited to, the cost of child care, tuition, a child's special needs, and other activities that involve substantial cost." The parents are responsible for the variable costs in proportion to their placement time. It is critical to ensure that overnights and time spent with children are calculated correctly in order to arrive at a fair and equitable agreement on costs above child support. 

Protecting Your Children With A Fair Child Support Order

A child support order that best protects a child's well-being must be based on accurate financial information. Many workers earn commissions that can fluctuate. Bonuses can skew overall income calculations. Undisclosed income, or hidden assets in a high net worth divorce can result in flawed financial calculations. We know how to trace assets and present evidence to hold the opposing party accountable.

We will thoroughly review each aspect of your case and provide straightforward answers about how the guidelines work. We strive to resolve conflict over child support calculations efficiently to keep the emotional and financial toll of divorce down. We have strong compassion for parents who are going through divorce.

Our priority is to guide you and help you understand your rights to ensure that you can make informed decisions that involve your children. We will help you navigate the complex child support guidelines to ensure that your children are protected financially. When the opposing party tries to avoid a just settlement by hiding assets or avoiding work to temporarily reduce income, we work hard to obtain the best possible results in contested hearings or at trial.

Arrange A Free Consultation To Discuss Your Child Support Concerns

To consult with a respected child support lawyer, call 262-232-6699. You may also contact us online to arrange your free and confidential consultation. We serve clients throughout southeastern Wisconsin including Waukesha County and Milwaukee County. 

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