Child Support And Paternity

Financially Supporting Your Children As Best You Can

Men often bear an unfair portion of the financial responsibility in a divorce or custody dispute, causing real and valid concern. It is important to take a reasoned approach through thoughtful pre-planning. The Law Office of Laura L. Davenport seeks fair resolutions for fathers. Through careful evaluation of your individual situation, she will develop a plan that addresses your needs and the needs of your children in the most efficient, and cost-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. Determining proper payments in individual cases is a multifaceted process that includes the cost of childcare, insurance, extracurricular activities and extraordinary medical expenses.. By evaluating each client’s specific circumstances, Laura L. Davenport strives to attain optimal child support resolutions that meet the needs of fathers and their children.

If income decreases, fathers often seek to 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 a father pays in that the combined income is also decreased.

In many instances, seeking lower payments triggers a post-judgment modification that results in an increase. Laura Davenport  can evaluate your situation, explain the law in every day English, and help ensure your payments are fair and accurate.  She can also help if you are facing an enforcement action.

Establishing Paternity Is An Important Step

In Louisiana, a child can have two fathers. Taking the proper steps to acknowledge or disavow paternity is crucial – especially in child support matters.   If you prove in court that you are not the biological father, you may be able to terminate your financial obligation. However, there are strict time limitations.   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,  Laura L Davenport 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.