Financial matters relating to your child’s well-being are of paramount importance. And that is why it is so crucial that you receive competent legal representation when it comes to the determination of child support. If you will be receiving child support, you need to get the amount that your child deserves to ensure a good upbringing. If you will be paying child support, it’s also important to make sure that you pay a fair amount, but are not ordered to pay too much. Child support is a complicated area and there are many factors which determine how much you are entitled to or will have to pay. A skilled and experienced child support attorney can help you achieve the child support results you desire.
How child support works in California
Child support issues arise in many different types of family law cases: divorces, where the parents were never married, or in cases where the father or mother is seeking to establish paternity.
Calculating child support
Under California law, regardless of who has custody, both parents are tasked with providing for their children financially. California uses a mathematical formula which will take into consideration factors such as how much each parent makes and how much time the child is spending with each parent. California sticks to this strict guideline and rarely deviates from it. However, just because a formula is used does not mean a skilled child support attorney cannot make a difference. A good lawyer can have a significant impact on the numbers that go into the formula. For example: what counts as “income”?; how is a parent’s expenses calculated?; how are non-traditional forms of income like investments dealt with?; does the other parent have hidden assets?
Modifying child support
If your or the other parent’s circumstances have changed since a child support order was issued, you may be entitled to a child support modification. For example, if you have lost your job and can no longer afford your current child support payments, you may be able to go back to the court and get the judge to lower your monthly payments. Alternatively, if the other parent’s income has risen significantly, you can go back to court and ask the judge to order the other parent to contribute more towards the support of your child.
Enforcing child support
If you already have an existing child support order and the other parent owes you money, Lilian can help you take appropriate legal action to collect to collect what you are owed. California has a strong policy of enforcing child support payments and gives parents powerful tools to collect from the delinquent parent (including wage garnishments, forcing property sales, and even imposing criminal penalties and suspending driver’s licenses). A knowledgeable child support attorney like Lilian can help parents find and use the tools they need to get the back child support payments they are entitled to.
Why an experienced Los Angeles Child Support Lawyer is important
Child support is a complicated area of family law that requires careful and thorough examination and analysis. A lot of times parents simply do not possess the resources or skills necessary to secure fair child support payments for themselves. Lilian can help. She is experienced in this area and has a team of experts, investigators, and accounts who can help ensure you get a fair and reasonable child support order. Child support can have an enormous impact on your (and your child’s) quality of life for many years to come. It’s important that you get it right. Contact Lilian today at (310)-920-5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation.