Child Support And Paternity

Financially Supporting Your Children As Best You Can

Men are often worried about bearing an unfair portion of the financial responsibility. While such concerns are real and valid, it is important to take a reasoned approach. The Law Office of Laura L. Davenport seeks fair resolutions for fathers. Through careful evaluation of your individual situation, I will develop a plan that addresses your needs and the needs of your children in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Protecting You And Your Children

In Louisiana, child support calculations are based on the combined incomes of both parents. Each person is then required to pay a percentage proportionate to his or her share of the combined amount. Not every situation is clear cut, and determining proper payments is a multifaceted process. Through evaluating each client’s specific circumstances, I strive to attain optimal child support resolutions that meet the needs of fathers and their children.

If income decreases, fathers often think they should seek lower child support payments. Since payments are based on what percentage each party’s income bears to the combined income, a decrease in income may not significantly affect the amount of child support you pay.

In many instances, seeking lower payments triggers a post-judgment modification that results in an increase. I can evaluate your situation and break down the laws into terms you understand so that you are sure your payments are fair and accurate. I can also help if you are facing an enforcement action.

Establishing Paternity Is An Important Step

Taking the proper steps to acknowledge paternity before securing a child support order is crucial. If you prove in court that you are not the biological father after you have made support payments, you may be obligated to continue paying. If you have questions on paternity, seek legal counsel immediately.

Whether you are trying to prove you are the father to establish custody rights, or you have doubts about your paternity, I can help you through the process of setting the record straight.

Get Started Today

If you have concerns about child support or paternity, trust an attorney who knows your rights and how to protect them. Contact my Lafayette office at (337) 231-1397 or by email to schedule a confidential consultation.