Child Support

Child support is not alimony. A parent ordered to pay child support in a divorce judgment or because of a paternity ruling should recognize it as meeting the child's needs, not to support the custodial parent. On the other side of the coin, a custodial parent receiving child support payments does not have the right to withhold parenting time based on when the check arrives in the mail.

At Brazil & Benske, LLC, in Milwaukee, our lawyers believe that every child deserves his or her parents' support — both emotional and financial. The state of Wisconsin has established a set of child support guidelines based factors that include the income of both parents. Many of our divorce and paternity clients ask whether the amount can be increased or decreased. The truth is, Wisconsin family court judges rarely deviate from the state child support guidelines.

What Is Your Attorney's Role?

Child support is very dependent upon your child custody and placement arrangement. The guidelines take into consideration:

  • The gross income of both parents
  • The amount of time each parent spends with the child
  • Other support obligations already in place
  • Health insurance coverage and special health care needs of the child
  • Special needs for education

As your lawyers, we protect your rights by making sure the courts enter the accurate financial information regarding income, debt and other factors that may affect the final calculation. We advise the judge on additional factors that should be considered, so that the proper amount of support is being paid and that health insurance and dependency exemptions are taken into consideration.

Modifying The Original Child Support Order In Wisconsin

If you pay child support and your financial or family situation has changed, or if you receive child support and your child's financial needs have changed, you may be able to seek a modification of support. As your child support lawyers, we will work to prove that circumstances have changed and therefore a child support modification is needed.

Enforcement Of Orders And Defense For Those Behind On Child Support

Wisconsin family courts take child support extremely seriously. If a parent is not paying the amount of support he or she has been ordered to pay, or falls behind on payments, that parent faces severe consequences such as loss of driver's license, liens on real property and personal property, and possible jail time.

If you are facing sanctions for late or missed payments, talk with a lawyer at Brazil & Benske. We can help you negotiate a repayment plan and can address the charges against you.

Call us at 414-939-0468 or contact us by email with a brief explanation of your concerns about child support in your divorce or paternity litigation matter.