Glendora Child Support Attorney
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The formula established by the California Child Support Guidelines is generally used to determine the amount and duration of child support payments. Under certain situations, an individual may be exempt from paying child support. Speaking with our child support attorney in Glendora is the best way to learn about the nuances of your specific case and what your options may be.
A skilled professional can help answer questions such as:
- How can I enforce child support payments?
- Can I modify an existing child support order from the court?
- Do I need an attorney for my hearing with the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS)?
- How does a new marriage affect child support arrangements?
- My child’s needs have changed – can I pursue a new support situation that better reflects his / her needs?
- My financial situation has changed. What can I do to adjust my child support requirements accordingly?
How is Child Support Calculated in California?
Child support is fairly straightforward in California, because the state has a guideline statute that tells us how to calculate it. You can argue about the information that goes into the calculation, but once you identify the elements that go into the formula, the computer program calculates the child support payment. Once that number is calculated, the court is required to, with rare exceptions, to order that that amount be paid in child support.
The program calculates child support payment according to the following factors:
- Each person’s income and expenses
- What expenses they have with respect to health insurance or retirement accounts etc…
- How much the parents share the children
- How many children there are
- What their tax-filing status is
Sometimes there are exceptions to the child support calculations that require adjustment, such as if you have a disabled child with significant medical needs and those costs may exceed what insurance covers. In addition, in situations involving very wealthy people, a child support order should be based on factors other than income. Our Glendora child support lawyer can discuss exceptions further with you.
Child Support Modification
If there is any change of circumstances significant enough to warrant a modification of child support, the court is required to make that modification. In California, the court is always required to calculate the mandatory guideline child support, and then the child support will be modified and can be modified up until the requirement to pay child support terminates.
The formula might generate a different number due to the following:
- Income changes
- Health insurance changes
- Custody changes
For example, if one parent has the child on weekends and then both parents want to share the children 50-50, the court may then modify child support, even if both parents have equal income.
Contact a Child Support Lawyer in Glendora with 25+ Years’ Experience!
Whether you are a parent being unfairly accused of not being involved or you wish to establish and enforce child support payments for the benefit of your child, contact our team. The Law Office of Charles J. Morris, Jr. has years of experience helping numerous families through child support matters and can help you navigate your specific circumstances. We are backed by 27 years of experience and are led by a Certified Family Law Specialist, Charles Morris. This achievement enables us to provide you with exceptional legal services that work for the best outcome on your behalf.
Call (626) 587-2677 to learn more about your case today!