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SACRAMENTO CHILD SUPPORT LAWYER
MAKING SENSE OF CALIFORNIA CHILD SUPPORT LAW
Pursuant to California’s guidelines for child support, children have to be given support – also known as maintenance – by each parent. Child support allows for a child to share in the standards of living both parents enjoy, even after they have divorced. To discover more about child support laws, consult an experienced attorney. My practice is dedicated to family law and I have the experience to help your best interest in child support matters.
I assist with all kinds of child support issues in Sacramento, including:
- Child support enforcement
- Child support cost
- Paying child support
- Getting child support
CALCULATING THE AMOUNT OF CHILD SUPPORT
Determining how much child support is provided by parents in California is calculated with complex formulas. All lawyers can access software programs that help them calculate what your child support payment will be based on several data points. The calculation is not as important as the counseling and advise that comes next, which is why you need to be represented by a trusted Sacramento family law attorney.
The important issues in calculating a child support payment includes:
- Who’s the custodial parent?
- How much time do the noncustodial and custodial parents spend with the children?
- What is the net income of the custodial parent and the noncustodial parents?
- What are the tax issues that come with child support payments?
- Which legal deductions can be required in the child support calculations?
MODIFYING A CHILD SUPPORT ORDER
Changes frequently come up in the lives of a parent that call for child support order modifications. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to change your child support order with the help of a skilled lawyer.
Some issues that courts consider a modification for include:
- Changes in one or both parents incomes
- A parent losing their job
- Parent gets incarcerated
- A parent has another kid from another relationship
- Changes in how much time children spend with each parent
- The needs of the child have changed (education, child care, healthcare)
- Changes in one or several factors used for determining child support
If there are major changes in some factors in your child support order, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Lots of parents wait before seeking modifications for many reasons, they are too busy and stressed to change the order, they think it will be easy to change the support order later when they are not as busy. or there is a difficult situation that makes it hard to file court paperwork like a parent being incarcerated.
Whatever reasons you think you have, you have to act quickly, since a child support order cannot be changed retroactively. That means any change made will only be effective for the future, not the past. For example, perhaps you were laid off last year but you wait until the new year to file a modification, the judge can’t make an order for the past four months and moving forward. You will still have to pay whatever the original amount owed was. Don’t wait to explore your options with an experienced family attorney.