Child Support: Initial Orders, Modification and Enforcement

Maine has adopted extensive laws and guidelines governing child support awards and enforcement procedures. In any divorce with minor children and in any parental rights and responsibilities action, a court must determine whether or not child support is appropriate.  The court usually allocates responsibility for providing health insurance covering the children and addresses payment of uninsured medical, dental, orthodonture, counseling and vision expenses.   Many cases also involve allocating responsibility for payment of children’s extracurricular activities, camps and extraordinary expenses and a court may in some cases allocate federal and state income tax exemptions and credits.

We represent clients in various cases involving initial child support awards.  We also represent clients who have a valid basis for modifying or terminating existing child support orders or need assistance enforcing a child support award through the courts.