Child Support Is The Right Of The Child
Child support payments consist of financial support from one parent to another to provide for dependent care. The payment amount takes into account many factors. California law seeks to normalize the disposable income between the parents’ households.
In California, child support payment amounts are determined by an algorithm and software, such as DissoMaster, and then approved by a judicial officer. The courts may sometimes determine a child support payment amount that is higher or lower than the guideline payment, but it is uncommon.
Factors that can affect child support payments include:
- Time spent with parents/custody and visitation orders
- Children’s educational costs
- Income of each parent
- Financial support from other relationships
- Health insurance costs
- Mandatory retirement contributions or union dues
At Evans Family Law, our attorneys give clients a realistic estimate of child support payments in their case. Our attorneys have many years of experience helping parents understand what their payment plans are and negotiating with the courts on the true cost of child care. We take cases throughout the Orange County and Los Angeles County area to provide children with the support they need and a consistent standard of living.
Determinations and Requirements for Child Support
Whether you are a custodial or a noncustodial parent, you may be required to pay child support under California law. The duration of child support is typically until a child graduates from high school. A parent paying support is required to continue doing so even if he or she loses a job, experiences financial difficulties or moves away. Once a child support order has been issued, a modified order should be sought immediately upon any changes in a parent’s ability to pay. If court-ordered child support is not paid, the consequences can be serious. If you need to modify your child support payments, do not wait. Check into the process immediately.
If you are the parent who should be receiving payments but is not, you cannot preserve your right to child support payments unless you file a request with the court.
Child Support Modifications
Parents who are responsible for paying child support may request that their child support obligations be changed by the court, especially if they experience significant changes in circumstances such as job loss or job change, a change in custodial timeshare or a change in a child’s needs or if the other parent has experienced a significant income change. It is important for parents who experience these types of changes to seek support modifications as soon as possible. The court order should be modified to reflect these changes.
The most common question we receive when helping clients through a divorce is: “Will I still get to see my children?” The fear of losing access to your children or causing them emotional damage while going through a divorce is a matter that we take very seriously at Evans Family Law. Our attorneys will assertively fight for your child custody rights while keeping the best interests of the children in mind.
Our family law firm provides experienced custody representation to residents of Los Angeles County and Orange County. We are strong advocates for mediation and can help you avoid lengthy court battles by using alternative dispute resolution. Be assured, however, that we will be prepared to go to trial if that is in your best interests, especially in complex custody cases. Our attorneys will thoroughly explain your rights and options so you can make an informed decision about the course your case takes.
I hired Ms. Evans to represent me in my custody case. Ms. Evans was nothing short of an angel sent down to help me retain my amazing relationship with my baby girl. Ms. Evans is an absolute professional, and she is assertive with a soft touch. It is instantly clear from meeting her that she puts the children of the case first. Ms Evans helped me get what is fair and I now enjoy my daughter 50% of the time. I would definitely recommend Ms. Evans to anyone involved in a custody case. As I raise my daughter I will forever be grateful to Ms. Evans for helping me keep my beautiful daughter in my life.