In California, both parents share the responsibility for the financial support of their minor children. When parents divorce, a child support order is usually appropriate. Child support is the amount of money that one parent pays to the other parent each month so that the children are financially supported. Child support payments usually continue until a child reaches the age of 18, gets married or becomes emancipated. If a child is older but is still living at home, single, in high school, and unable to financially support themselves, then a court may order the child support payments to continue. A parent may also support a special needs child who through adulthood.
Child support payments are determined based on set child support guidelines. These California guidelines set forth a formula, generally, by computing the net income of both parties, the percentage of income earned by the non-custodial parent, and the number of children. There are a number of other specific variables that can have an effect on the estimate guideline support amount.
Our attorneys have significant experience in child support matters (both private and working with the Department of Child Support Services) and we can advance arguments which advocate your interests regarding your child support case. In addition, we can review support calculations to estimate what guideline child support may be in your case.
Modifications to Child Support
We can help you pursue a modification to your guideline child support order if there has been a material change in circumstances. Modifications to child support can either increase or decrease the current payment amounts depending upon the circumstances.
Our El Dorado Hills Family Law Firm has helped clients modify child support orders as a result of State worker furloughs, job loss and other circumstances which warranted the modification.
Child Support Order Enforcement
We can assist clients if a parent has become delinquent with their child support payments, pursuing legal action to enforce the support order you to make sure that you receive future support payments and any child support arrears. If you are the parent who is delinquent, we can assist you in working out a plan for repayment of the arrears, or if appropriate, assist you in modifying the support order so that it is more affordable.
If you would like to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced Firm’s attorneys to learn how we can help you with your child support matter, please complete this online request form.