Child Support Lawyer
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Child support is the amount of money the court will order one parent to pay the other each month for the support of a child. It will generally last until a child turns 18, or until up to age 19 for a full-time high school student living at home. Under California law, each parent has an equal responsibility to provide for the financial needs of their child, the specific amount of which is based on a formula calculated by the court. The child support calculation depends primarily on the income of the parents, and the amount of time the child spends with each.
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Our family law attorneys have years of experience dealing with child support matters and will ensure that all relevant factors are considered in the calculation of your child support case. They always put your family first and their goal is to try to obtain the most favorable and amicable support award possible for all parties involved.
Although the approach to calculating child support seems uniform and standard, it is essential for your attorney to know and understand the intricacies of child support calculations to achieve the most favorable outcome for you. Other factors which could significantly influence the child support calculation results are tax implications, health insurance premiums, mortgage interest payments, property taxes, earning capacity of a party, and high income earner status.
How Child Support is Calculated
In the state of California, child support is calculated using a standard formula to determine the amount that will be paid by one parent to the other parent for the rearing and support of the child or children.The formula is CS=K(HN-(H%)(TN)). CS is the child support amount. K is the combined total of each parent’s income. HN stands for the monthly disposable income of the higher-earning parent. H represents the amount of time one parent spends with the child compared to the other parent. TN stands for the monthly total amount of disposable income of both parents. It’s pretty confusing. In order to accurately determine the child support amount, the court must have each parent’s gross income, the percentage of time each parent spends with the child, income tax deductions, payroll deductions, and childcare costs incurred by the parents.
FAQs About Child Support
What is child support?
Legally, child support is defined as the ongoing monetary payments by one parent to another in order to cover a child’s medical and living expenses.
How do I make child support payments?
You can pay via PayPal, by phone, mail, in person, via payment app, or with cash.
What if my financial circumstances have changed since the support order?
Child support payments can be modified by the court based on income change and/or the amount of time the child spends with the non-custodial parent. Our attorneys can answer any questions you may have.
Does the parent receiving support pay for all of the child’s expenses?
No. Support is only intended to cover basic living expenses.
How long do child support orders last? Does it go through college graduation?
Unfortunately, not in the state of California. Support ends when the child turns 18 and graduates high school.
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Long Beach, CA 90831
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