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How Do Bail Bonds Work?

bailed out of jailNorwalk, like any other city in America, has local bail bonds companies. But what exactly do bail bonds companies do, and when would you need them? I found a local bail bonds website that had a lot of good info that I used in my summary below.

The best place to start this explanation is to explain exactly what bail is. When a person is arrested, they are taken to jail and depending on the progression of the investigation they may have to remain in jail for a significant period of time. This is not helpful for either the person in jail or for that matter the city itself as everyone who spends time in prison costs the city a lot of money.

That is where the system of bail comes into play. Every person who is awaiting trial in jail will be offered the opportunity of being released on bail dependent on bail being paid. The bail amount set for everyone is not the same and will vary due to some reasons. There will be certain circumstances where bail will not be granted, but this is usually for the most severe offenses, such as murder, where the judge might feel that the risk is simply too high to allow the accused out of jail.

In most cases, though bail will be granted although the judge will decide exactly how much bail will be set at. Once the judge has set the bail amount, all that remains is for the subject to pay the bond, and then the subject will be released from prison. Unfortunately, the bail amount can be quite significant as one of its purposes is to ensure that the accused returns to court for the hearing. While it may seem quite draconian, that is one of the main reasons why bail amounts can be set quite high.

This then causes the accused and the family of the defendant a problem because if the bond has been set at $100,000, it is unlikely that many families will be able to raise that amount of cash quickly. That is where a bail bonds company steps in. A bail bond company will cover the entire cost of the bail, ensuring that the accused is released from prison as quickly as possible. There is, however, a significant cost for utilizing this service, normally somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of the total bail.

In our example, that would mean paying the bail bonds company $10,000 none of which would be refundable. It is also important to note that even if it is proved that the accused was wrongly arrested, the fee for providing the bail will still not be returned, so make sure you understand this before entering into any agreement.

By paying the fee for the bail bondsman, you get the accused released as quickly as possible, but you also benefit from not having to ask other people for money towards the bail. This means that you can keep the incident relatively confidential, which some people find very valuable. It can be an expensive purchase but is one of those services that when required can deliver excellent value for money.

If Both Parents Share Custody, Does Anyone Pay Child Support?

Child support is an integral part of custody rulings in divorce settlements. Your divorce attorney will give you the best indication but, in general, the parent that makes more money will be the one who has to pay the support. How much support that will be depends on the income of the parents and the needs of the child. The courts will always be looking at the best interests of the child, and those needs will determine how much money is paid out.

figuring out how child support will factor into your divorce settlementBut what about those instances where the custody ruling is a joint one, where both parents share equal custody of the child? In those cases, it is still very likely that one of the parents will be paying the other child support. That’s because the income is likely to be uneven, and the bigger earner would be expected to pay the largest part of the child’s support.

Even though equal time is spent with the child, equal income is not being earned, and the judge will try to make things fair across the board, as much as possible.

The only instance where there would be no child support paid in a joint custody situation is when the parents share equal custody and have equal income. This is incredibly unlikely, however, and you should not expect that to happen in your case. As a rule, one of the parents will be paying child support and that’s going to tend to be the one who earns more, if they don’t live with the child.

How much support is being paid and if support needs to be paid at all will not be a one-time decision. The well-being of the child, the child’s needs and the general parameters of the ruling will be revisited from time to time. If one of the parents changes jobs and starts to earn more or less, then the amount of child support being paid may change.

If one of the parents becomes disabled or their life changes in some dramatic way, then child support decision may be reconsidered as well. Any major changes need to be reported to the judge so a determination can be made as to what will be done about child support. If you aren’t sure about child support obligations in your case, then you should consult a lawyer before you move forward with proceedings, so you know what to expect.

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