Pittsburgh, PA asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Should I get a lawyer for child support?

I currently have a court date set to request child support for my son and I have limited income, but I'm not sure if I should get a lawyer or not.

2 Lawyer Answers

Peter N. Munsing

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  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: If you have limited income and are getting some form of State assistance the state may take care of it under the IV D program. You could see if Legal services has an attorney who will give you a consultation.

Cheryl Rowe

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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Most of my practice is family law. In your area, there are a number of good attorneys who will sit down with you for a consultation. You need to sit down with someone, who can discuss your income, your son's father's income, as well as take a look at extra expenses - child care, extracurricular activities, orthodontia, sports camps/fees, and insurance costs. All of these things go into the creation of the support order. If he is not working, he may be given an earning capacity, but I highly recommend that you at least get a consultation to see where issues might arise. If you end up with a bad support order, it takes a while to fix it. Better to get it right from the start. Good luck to you!

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