How to File a Motion for Child Support

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A state's Department of Revenue may assist a person in filing for child support, but another option is to consider self-help forms that are provided by the federal government. Seek the services of a family law attorney with help from a certified civil mediator in this free video on divorce and child support.

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You have found yourself as the primary residential parent, or the parent that spends the most time with the children, and you're having difficulty making ends meet, and you want to obtain child support. But you don't know how to go about doing it. Hello, I'm Robert Todd and I'm here to answer the question, how to file a motion for child support? Well, the law regarding child support is, of course, going to vary from state to state, but, generally speaking, if you are receiving public assistance, your state's Department of Revenue may assist you in filing for child support on you and your children's behalf. If you're not receiving public assistance and you do not have the availability of the Department of Revenue in your state to do so, you may consider self-help forms. The federal government has mandated that each state make available self-help forms, whereby you can simply fill out some forms. Provide the information to the court, and seek child support through that avenue. If you're not able to understand the self-help forms, and perhaps you're not available or eligible for legal aid, you may want to consider hiring the services of a reputable family law attorney to assist you. There's no reason why you can't seek child support from the other parent. I'm Robert Todd, and thank you for watching.

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