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Ways an attorney can help in a child support matter

It is quite possible that Greenville, North Carolina residents do not strongly consider retaining an attorney in a child support case simply because they may not see the full value in doing so.

When it comes to enforcing support, the criminal justice system can often offer valuable assistance, and can, frankly, sometimes do at a lower cost than it would take to hire an attorney. With respect to getting child support set up in the first place, like other states, North Carolina has a set formula for calculating support and to some extent, the numbers entered are not subject to meaningful debate, or so one might think.

The reality, though, is a bit different. With respect to enforcement, it is important to remember that, while the State of North Carolina can intervene and collect support using civil means or even the criminal justice system, it does not represent either parent but the interest of the State of North Carolina in seeing that children are provided for. Therefore, the State has no obligation to handle child support case the way in which the parent wants it to be handled.

Perhaps more importantly, in many situations, such as when a parent is self-employed or receives income from other sources besides work, what numbers to put in the state's child support formula can be up for debate since a parent's income is irregular. Moreover, like property in a divorce, parents can sometimes attempt to hide their income or may even deliberately take a lower paying job somewhere in order to get out of paying additional support.

In these sorts of circumstances, a private attorney can and often does help a parent make sure his or her children have the child support that they need.

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