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Navigating Child Support Cases in Maine
Navigating the complexities of child support matters can be a challenging and emotional experience for all parties involved. At Zerillo Law Firm, we specialize in providing expert legal guidance and representation in child support cases throughout Main. Our dedicated, experienced attorneys are committed to helping our clients achieve fair and just outcomes in child support disputes. With a deep understanding of Maine's child support laws and a track record of success, we stand by your side to protect your children's best interests.
Call Zerillo Law Firm today at (207) 618-6555 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our child support attorney in Portland, Maine!
Main Child Support Laws
Child support laws in Maine are designed to ensure that both parents contribute financially to the upbringing and well-being of their children, regardless of their marital status. These laws are rooted in the principle that every child has the right to financial support from both parents. Our team understands the intricacies of Maine's child support laws, and we leverage our expertise to guide our clients through the legal process seamlessly.
How is Child Support Calculated in Maine?
Determining the appropriate amount of child support is crucial in ensuring children receive the financial support they need. In Maine, child support calculations are primarily based on the Income Shares Model. This model takes into account each parent's gross income, as well as other relevant factors, such as:
- Childcare Costs: If the custodial parent incurs childcare expenses due to employment or education-related reasons, these costs are factored into the calculation.
- Healthcare Costs: The cost of health insurance premiums and any extraordinary medical expenses are considered when determining child support obligations.
- Parenting Time: The amount of time each parent spends with the child also affects the child support calculation. The non-custodial parent may have a reduced support obligation if they have significant parenting time.
- Additional Expenses: Other necessary and reasonable expenses, such as educational or special needs, can be considered.
Our child support lawyers meticulously analyze the financial information provided by both parties to ensure that the child support amount accurately reflects the child's needs and both parents' financial capacities.
How Long Does Child Support Last in Maine?
Child support obligations generally continue until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. In cases where a child has special needs, the court may extend child support beyond the standard age. It's important to note that child support termination isn't automatic; it requires legal action to modify or terminate the support order.
Contact Our Portland, ME Child Support Attorney
Child support matters demand a delicate balance of legal expertise and compassionate guidance. At Zerillo Law Firm, our child support lawyers have an unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive legal solutions that prioritize the well-being of your children. Our extensive knowledge of Maine's child support laws and dedication to personalized client service sets us apart as a trusted partner in resolving child support disputes.
Contact Zerillo Law Firm today to schedule a consultation with our child support lawyer in Portland, Maine!
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