Understanding Child Support in CA
20+ Years' Experience as a Roseville Divorce Lawyer
Whether you're the parent required to pay child support or the one hoping to receive it, this is often one of the most complicated aspects that follows a divorce. Anytime children are involved, the stakes of every decision are raised and finding the right solution is crucial.
As the founder and lead family law attorney of my firm, the Law Offices of Evan Samuelson, I have been representing parents and families for more than two decades. I am well-acquainted with the complex nature of child support decisions. When you retain my services as a Roseville divorce attorney, your best interests will be upheld from beginning to end of your case.
How are child support payments calculated?
While incredibly necessary for a child's well-being, child support is not always ordered as such. Statistics show that many parents go without sufficient payments and others do not receive any at all. In a best case scenario, the noncustodial parent typically pays a higher amount of support to the custodial parent each month. A knowledgeable family lawyer can help you determine a fair child support amount.
The court takes the following factors into consideration before establishing an order:
- Monthly earnings of each parent
- The number of children involved
- Monthly expenses
- The amount of time each parent spends with their children
- The tax filing status of each parent
- Childcare costs
Once the court decides on a satisfactory amount, both parents must abide by the terms of the order until advised otherwise. Most support orders last until a child turns 18, gets married, or joints the military. Fortunately, the court understands that child support payments often require adjustments and allow either parent to submit a modification request based on a significant change in circumstances.
It can be daunting to face such a momentous decision on your own and a lack of legal representation is one of the biggest reasons parents fail to obtain needed support. My team is here for you. With responsive communication and an ability to strategize proactively, there is no better firm to tackle your case.
Schedule your confidential consultation with a Roseville divorce lawyer today!