Although laws vary from state to state, under Connecticut law, both parents have a financial obligation to their child, regardless of whether they’re married or not. However, how much one is required to pay can be a complex question, which is why child support cases are common in family law court. If you are involved in a support case, you probably have a number of questions. Here are some common ones clients ask their lawyers.
A Guide to Child Support Laws in Connecticut
How is child support determined?
Connecticut family law courts use state guidelines to calculate how much child support a parent is required to pay. First, they look at the parents’ weekly income and then figure out what percentage of this total should be used to financially support the child. Next, they will consider how much each parent contributes to the combined weekly income. The court also has the discretion to order more support for health care or child care expenses.
How are court orders enforced?
If a parent does not pay child support, the other parent may seek help getting the money they’re owed from the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement or an attorney. It’s possible to enforce a support order by garnishing the delinquent parent’s wages, putting a lien on their bank account or property, withholding their tax refund, or preventing them from obtaining a passport. They may also be fined and held in contempt of court, which could result in jail time.
Can a child support order be modified?
Either parent can request an existing child support order to be modified, but a new court order will have to be acquired. The parent asking for modification must be able to show there was a substantial change to their income, the other parent’s income, or the child’s circumstances.
When does the responsibility to pay support end?
In Connecticut, the non-custodial parent is generally responsible for paying support until their child turns 18. However, they may need to pay it until the age of 19 if the child is still living at home or attending high school. A judge may also order support for a disabled child until they reach the age of 21, as long as they are residing with one parent and depending on them for financial support.
Child support laws and procedures can be complicated for parents to understand. Attorney Jeremy N. Weingast of Weingast Law will provide you with valuable knowledge and effective representation to ensure your rights are upheld. He is well-versed in all areas of family law and has more than 35 years of experience working with residents throughout Hartford County, CT. With his team advocating on your behalf, your chances of achieving a favorable outcome will increase significantly. Call (860) 233-1440 to schedule a consultation, or visit his website for more information on the types of family law cases he regularly handles.