Orange County Child Support Lawyer
Understanding Child Support Laws in California
According to California's child support guidelines, children must be provided support - also called maintenance - by both parents. The purpose of child support is to enable children to share in the standard of living enjoyed by both parents, even after a divorce. To learn more about the laws on child support, contact an experienced attorney. As a certified family law attorney, I have the knowledge to help you define child support matters in your best interests.
I handle all types of child support cases in Orange County, including:
How is child support determined?
The amount of child support provided in California is determined by a complicated formula. All attorneys have access to computer software that enables them to calculate child support payments based on a variety of inputs. What is important is not the calculation, however, but rather the advice and counseling that precede it, which is why you need the representation of a trusted Orange County family law attorney.
The crucial issues in determining child support payments include:
- Who is the custodial parent?
- How much time does the custodial and noncustodial parent have with children?
- What are the net incomes of the custodial and noncustodial parents?
- What are the tax ramifications of child support payments?
- What legally allowed deductions can you require in the child support calculation?
Changing Child Support Orders
In many cases, changes arise in the life of one of the parents that calls for the modification of the original child support order. If your situation qualifies, you can request a change with the help of a knowledgeable attorney.
Some of the reasons that the court will consider modification for include:
- A change in income of one or both parents
- One parent has lost their job
- One parent has another child from a different relationship
- One parent has been incarcerated
- The child's needs have changed (child care, education, healthcare)
- There has been a change in the amount of time the child spends with each parent
- There has been a change to one or more of the factors used to determine child support
If there has been a significant change in some factor of your child support order, it is important that you speak to lawyer as soon as possible. Many parents wait to seek modification for a number of reasons, such as because they believe the drop in their income will be only temporary, they are too stressed and busy to change the order, they are in a situation that makes it difficult to file court papers such as parents who are incarcerated, or they think it will be easier to change the support order in the future when they have more time.
Whatever the reason, it is imperative to act immediately, because child support orders cannot be changed retroactively. This means that any changes made will be effective for the present, not the past. For example, if you lost your job six months ago but have only just gotten around to filing for modification, the judge cannot make an order for the past six months and moving forward. You would still owe the original amount of child support for the past six months. Do not wait to discuss your situation with a family lawyer who can determine your options.
Enlist the Help of a Child Support Lawyer in Orange County, CA
With my experience and dedicated representation by your side, you can feel confident that you will be able to reach toward an arrangement that works for you and your child or children. At Kevin B. Gibbs, APLC we offer a free initial consultation. I will try to schedule this consultation within 48 hours of your call. Interested in learning more?
Contact my firm to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.