How can she get child support? 22 Answers as of April 27, 2011

My neice's husband left her and isnt paying her any support. She doesnt have money because she has three children and no job. What can she do?

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Law Office of John C. Volz
Law Office of John C. Volz | John C. Volz
She must file paperwork with the court to request that her husband pay child support and spousal support.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/27/2011
Pisarra and Grist
Pisarra and Grist | David T. Pisarra
She can go to the Child Support Services Department and she can Also you can read my books, A MAN'S GUIDE TO CHILD CUSTODY and A MAN'S GUIDE TO DIVORCE STRATEGY, available online and as an E-Book on my website.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/27/2011
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
Have her go straight to Family Court and make a Petition for Child support right away. They should take care of the rest for her.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 4/27/2011
Naziri Hanassab LLP
Naziri Hanassab LLP | Vahid Naziri
She can contact CSSD in the county she lives in and file an application for child support with the District Attorney Support Division. They will serve the father and begin collecting child support.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/27/2011
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
Clearly she needs to file for divorce in order to set child support, allocate parental responsibilities, and resolve the division of marital property and debts. The sooner she does so, the sooner she can get on with her life. She will be expected to find employment and become self-sufficient within a reasonable time frame. But, in the meantime she should be entitled to both temporary spousal support and child support - both of which require a court order. If she can't, or isn't willing, to begin divorce proceedings, she can go to the local Child Support Enforcement Unit in her county of residence for assistance in getting only child support. That could take much longer than doing it through a divorce case.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 4/27/2011
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
    She should contact the local district office for state child support enforcement and arrange an appointment to go there and apply for full services. (No charges to the applicant.) In Virginia it's called DCSE (Division of Child Support Enforcement) and is part of the Department of Social Services (DSS).
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Law Office of Curry & Westgate
    Law Office of Curry & Westgate | Patrick Curry
    File for child and spousal support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Michael Apicella
    Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
    She can contact her local county Department of Child Support Services and with their help, petition the court for a child support order. Or, she can call a local family law lawyer for assistance.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    File for divorce or legal separation and seek a temporary order setting child support. Or file for "separate maintenance" which means you haven't started a divorce or separation but husband will be ordered to support his wife. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Arnold & Wadsworth
    Arnold & Wadsworth | Brian Arnold
    She needs to file for a divorce and ask for temporary orders where the judge can grant her immediate child support. Here in Utah the Office of Recovery Services would then start the garnishment process to make sure she gets the child support. We are Arnold & Wadsworth and we provide clients with representation in the area of Family Law. We offer free consultation so feel free to call our office.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Goldberg Jones
    Goldberg Jones | Zephyr Hill
    She can hire an attorney or contact Department of Child Support Services to go after a child support Order.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
    File a divorce action and seek child support. The other option is to seek assistance through the Attorney General's Office, Child Support Division but that will take some time, perhaps more than she has.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Kaczmarek Law Firm, LLC
    Kaczmarek Law Firm, LLC | Bridgette D. Kaczmarek
    She can definitely get child support. She has one of two ways. She can either file a divorce and seek child support that way, or she can go directly to the Family Support Registry and they can help her get child support without having to file additional court documents (like a divorce). I would suggest she start at the Registry first and the move from there. This way she can get financial support quickly. Good Luck!
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A.
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A. | Robert F. Davies, Esq.
    I can help. She needs to get the court process going, to order him to pay child support and take it out of his paycheck. She needs to help the court system to do this. I can explain. Give me a call, make an appointment to come see me, and let's get moving on this for you. No charge for the telephone call and no charge for the first office visit.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    She will eventually need to file an action for legal separation or divorce. However, if the children are in her care, she may file documents with the child support office in her county and for a $25 fee, that office will commence a child support action.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
    She can file for custody and support in Superior Court in the district where she lives. If she wishes to discuss further she can contact us; we have a free initial hour consultation.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 4/27/2011
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    File a motion for child support or open a case with the local child support agency.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/26/2011
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
    She should file a divorce case and an Order to Show Cause for Child Support and Spousal Support and Attorney's fees. If she can afford (or find) an experienced Family Law Attorney to represent her, she should do so - even if she has to borrow money from family or friends. She should at least seek a private consultation with an experienced Family Law Attorney to determine her options. If necessary, she can go to her local Superior Court's Self-Help clinic for assistance in preparing the appropriate paperwork. Alternatively, she can contact the local child support agency (CSSD if she is a Los Angeles resident) to seek child support on behalf of the children - but the agency won't seek Spousal Support (Alimony) or attorney's fees on her behalf, and won't handle a divorce case for her.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/26/2011
    Fox Law Firm LLC
    Fox Law Firm LLC | Tina Fox
    She needs to petition the court for child support.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 4/26/2011
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq.
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq. | Kelly Broadbent
    In Massachusetts it is possible to file a complaint for divorce or for separate support at the Probate and Family court in the jurisdiction that she resides is. Depending on her income level, she may be able to have fees waived with an affidavit of indigency. Also, a lawyer of the day is typically present to assist with filing the forms.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 4/26/2011
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