Top Pittsburgh Child Support Lawyers Near You

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Law Offices of MariAnn Hathaway

Child Support Lawyer | Serving Pittsburgh, PA

Helping Pennsylvania Residents Resolve Their Legal Issues for More Than 20 Years

If you are dealing with a divorce, child custody dispute, adpotion or other family law matter, you don't have to go through it alone. Resolving these issues can be difficult and time-consuming. As your lawyer, I can help you cut through the confusion and seek out a legal solution that works in your best interests. I have been helping Pennsylvania residents for more than …

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Pittsburgh Child Support Information

Do You Need to Set or Amend Your Child Support?

The amount of child support the noncustodial parent pays each month is determined by the court following state guidelines. They include each parent's income and assets and the amount needed to maintain the children's pre -divorce standard of living.

How a Child Support Lawyer Can Help

Whether initially setting the amount of child support or modifying the court order, the services of a Pittsburgh child support attorney well versed in family law and child support issues can be of great help. The attorney can help you gather documents and personal information to support your contention and advocate your position to the court.

When to Hire a Lawyer

It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you've suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.

The Importance of a Good Consultation

The goal of an initial consultation is to find an attorney you are comfortable working with and someone who can help you understand your options under the law. Seek to understand the relevant legal experience the attorney brings to your case. While it is not realistic to expect an attorney to resolve your legal issue during an initial consultation, you should gain a level of comfort with his/her ability to do so. A good consultation can clarify issues, raise pertinent questions and considerations for your case, and help you make an informed decision towards resolving your legal issue.

How to Find the Right Attorney

  • Determine the area of law that relates to your issue. Attorneys specialize in specific practice areas around legal issues within the broad field of law.
  • Seek out recommendations from friends, family, and colleagues. A successful attorney or practice will typically have many satisfied clients.
  • Set up consultation appointments to get a better understanding of your case as well as gauge your comfort level with different attorneys. Find the attorney who is the right fit for your needs.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in Pittsburgh, PA

Allegheny County Courthouse

436 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 350-5410 

Allegheny County Juvenile Court

411 Dinwiddie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 281-7430

U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Division

700 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 208-7500