Do We Need An Attorney To Sort Out Child Support?

child supportQuestion:

My wife and I have been living apart for four months. She has our son, and we came to a mutual agreement regarding visitation rights and the amount of child support I should pay.

We have agreed to keep everything peaceful, as long as we both follow what we agreed to. Once it is time to get our divorce, will we need to get a lawyer or just go through the courts?


I am not licensed to practice in your state and cannot provide you legal advice. However, I can give general tips regarding your situation based on the jurisdiction where I practice.

Cordell & Cordell Fairfax Divorce Attorney Timothy Jacques
Cordell & Cordell Fairfax Divorce Attorney Timothy Jacques

First, each state has different requirements for divorce when there are children involved. Typically, you must be separated for 6-to-12 months and have an agreement as to custody, visitation, support, and equitable distribution. (Some states recognize formal separation and some do not.)

Once you have met the separation criteria in your state, typically a complaint for divorce is filed with the court, followed by the separation agreement and a final decree of divorce. Many states make the process simple and do not require amicable spouse to appear in court.

However, the amount of child support one pays can vary great based on a number of factors including, how many days of visitation each party receive, the income of the parties, and necessary child care and out of pocket medical expenses.

You should contact your local Cordell & Cordell office for an in-depth consultation regarding your specific facts and before you agree to any amount of child support.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Fairfax divorce attorney Timothy Jacques, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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