Child Support

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Child Support Agreement in North DakotaAs a parent, you are obligated to financially support your child. Divorcing or unmarried parents will have to address the issue of child support, which is a series of payments from one parent to the other to support a child’s upbringing.

Having legal representation when navigating a child support case can improve your chances of resolving the issue favorably and parting ways with a fair and reasonable support order. At Circling Eagle Law, our child support lawyers in Fargo offer comprehensive and results-driven representation to help you navigate your case with ease.

See how we can help you by calling (701) 401-7404 today. Your initial 15 minute consultation is free of charge.

How Is Child Support Calculated in North Dakota?

In most cases, the non-custodial parent – the parent who spends less than half of the time with the child – is the parent who will be ordered to pay child support.

North Dakota has simple child support guidelines – essentially a formula that can be used to calculate the appropriate amount of support. Parents can present evidence as to why an award should stray from the calculated amount.

When determining child support payments, courts in North Dakota consider several factors, including:

  • Each parent’s income and earning potential
  • The number of children requiring support
  • Each parent’s cost of living
  • The child’s medical and educational needs
  • The cost of childcare
  • The custody arrangements

The above are only a few factors and there are additional factors to be considered.

Can Child Support Be Waived in North Dakota?

Yes, you can waive child support in North Dakota. However, a few requirements must be met to get a waiver.

First, the parent seeking the waiver must show that they cannot pay child support. This could be because they are unemployed, have a low income, or have other financial obligations.

Second, the parent seeking the waiver must show that it would be in the child's best interests to waive child support. The child receives financial support from another source, such as a grandparent or a government program.

Finally, the court must approve the waiver. The court will consider all of the factors involved in the case, including the parent's ability to pay, the child's needs, and the child's best interests.

If you consider waiving child support, you should speak with our child support attorney to discuss your options. Our child support attorney in Fargo, can help you understand the requirements for getting a waiver and can represent you in court if necessary.

Understanding Child Support Modification

If your financial situation has changed since the initial child support order was issued, you may be eligible for a child support modification. Whether you are seeking to pay less or receive more child support, it's important to understand the legal process and requirements for modification in North Dakota.

Factors that may warrant a child support modification include:

  • Change in income
  • Change in employment status
  • Change in custody arrangement
  • Healthcare expenses
  • Educational expenses

Our experienced Fargo child support attorneys can guide you through the process of seeking a modification and help you understand your rights and options. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for personalized legal advice and assistance.

Learn More about Child Support in North Dakota

Child support cases can be complex and extremely contentious. No one wants to overpay, but the child’s best interests should always be the priority. Below, we have answered some common questions about child support to clear the air and help you understand your rights and obligations.

Can me and my spouse agree that I will not pay child support?

No. As a parent, it is your responsibility to financially support your child. It is the child’s right to receive financial support, so you cannot barter away your obligation.

How do I pay less or receive more child support?

If you are determining child support initially, having an attorney on your side can help ensure that you pay or receive the appropriate amount. If you are requesting a modification to an existing support order, you will have to convince the courts that a substantial change in your circumstances necessitates the modification. It is also in your best interest to retain an attorney in these situations.

Our Fargo child support lawyers can build a strong case to show the court why you need to receive more or pay less in child support.

If you have more questions about child support in North Dakota, please contact Circling Eagle Law at (701) 401-7404.

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