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Basic steps for getting child support

If you feel that you should be receiving child support, it's important that you do whatever it takes to make this happen. With each passing day, your financial situation may become worse because your child's other parent is dodging his or her financial responsibilities.

Fortunately, there are a few basic steps in Miami that you can follow for getting child support:

-- Locate the child's other parent. This is the first thing you need to do, as it gives the court the information they need to order support payments.

-- Establish paternity. This doesn't always come into question, but you may need to establish paternity before receiving child support.

-- Reach an agreement. At some point, hopefully in the near future, you and your spouse will meet in court to reach an agreement in regards to child support and other family law concerns. Once a court order is in place, your former spouse is required to pay child support or face serious consequences.

In some cases, you may be able to request an increase in child support if your situation has changed.

In a perfect world, everyone who owes child support would make timely payments. However, this isn't true right now and never will be in the future. Instead, there are always people who attempt to avoid the system in order to bring benefits to their own life.

If you are finding it difficult to get the child support you deserve, you may need to get the help of the court. Along with this, an attorney can provide guidance along the way.

Source: FindLaw, "Getting Child Support Checklist," accessed Sep. 27, 2016

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