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Newport, Providence, Washington and Kent County, Rhode Island Child Support Guidelines Lawyer

You deserve to be treated fairly. ¬†Whether you are the parent paying Rhode Island Child Support or the parent receiving Rhode Island Child Support; you deserve to be treated fairly. ¬†Establishing the proper levels for child support can be an essential element of crafting a divorce agreement or order. Setting the obligation too high may mean that the party required to pay it may eventually default. Setting the obligation too low may mean that the child’s needs cannot be fully met.

Successfully balancing the various competing factors is necessary for the creation of an appropriate child support obligation.

At Flanagan Law Offices, LLC, our Newport, Providence, Washington and Kent County, Rhode Island child support attorney is skilled at helping create child support levels that are functional. With over two decades of experience, we are able to help the court see what will work. Attorney Flanagan is a former Navy JAG officer who was a law professor at the Naval Justice School where he taught family law. Please note, Attorney Flanagan is also an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.

In Rhode Island, child support is determined using the mathematical formula that is found in the state guidelines. Those guidelines look primarily at the gross income of both parties. Another factor that may be considered by the court is costs directly related to the raising of the child including health care costs, day care costs and any extraordinary expenses. Extraordinary expenses may include out of the ordinary health care or educational needs, for example.

Correct Evaluation of Income for Child Support Purposes

Our key responsibility to our clients in regards to child support is the proper characterization of income. In many cases, this is not too complicated given the availability of tax records. For business owners, freelancers, contractors and other sorts with more diverse income streams, our experience can mean the difference between an appropriate child support obligation and one that cannot be met or falls short for the child.

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Let us put our decades of experience to work crafting child support obligations that are set appropriately for all involved. Call 401-849-3337 or simply contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.