So, you’ve just been served with an order to pay child support. This may have been an expected action resulting from a divorce between you and your spouse. But it also may have come like a bolt out of the blue, with this being the first notification that you have ever gotten that you fathered a child.
If the circumstances are the latter rather than the former, you are probably still trying to wrap your head around the fact that you have a child out there of which you were unaware.
But before you take any action, it is vital that you first determine whether this child is indeed your son or daughter. Even if you acknowledge that you and the child’s other parent were intimate in the past, that does not necessarily indicate that it was you who fathered the child.
We can make sure that you are indeed the biological father. The first order of business must be to establish paternity by DNA testing. Once that is done, we can represent you in the hearing in Orange County’s family law court to set the amount of child support you must pay.
In some cases, you may have already been to court and have an ongoing child support obligation in force. But perhaps you have since retired, lost your job or become ill and are no longer able to work. The child support obligation that you pay may need to be adjusted to reflect your current circumstances.
Since the order will remain in force until it is modified by the family law court, you should not hesitate to act quickly. The last thing you want is to fall behind on your support payments. We can move swiftly to get your case before the court.