Every family situation is different when it comes to child support after a divorce, a dissolution of a domestic partnership, or a paternity filing. As a California child support attorney, I am able to review your special circumstances to give you a reliable idea of what you can expect with a pending child support arrangement.
I will work with you so that you are knowledgeable about your rights and so your rights can be protected throughout the divorce process and long after. I can help to ensure your children are financially taken care of in the best possible manner, and that you are treated fairly in the process.
Contact the Law Offices of Silky Sahnan to learn more.
California child support laws explain what the court considers when determining how much should be paid. Even so, some of the complex details can be hard to understand, especially as you try to legally resolve what is in your child’s best interest.
Understanding California Child Support Laws
Requesting child support is similar to requesting child custody and visitation. It can only be requested if you have a family law case filed with the court.
Child support is the amount of money that a court orders one parent or both parents to pay every month to help pay for the support of the child (or children) and the child’s living expenses.
Child support payments are usually made until children reach age 18, or age 19 if the children are in high school full time, living at home, and cannot support themselves. The amount of child support is based on a guideline formula preset by the court.
The guideline calculation for California child support depends on:
- How much money the parents earn or can earn
- How much other income each parent receives
- How many children these parents have together
- How much time each parent spends with their children (time-share)
- The actual tax filing status of each parent
- Support of children from other relationships
- Health insurance expenses
- Mandatory union dues
- Mandatory retirement contributions
- The cost of sharing daycare and uninsured health care costs
- Other factors
The child support order may also require the parents to share the costs for:
- Childcare to allow a parent to work or to obtain training or schooling for work skills
- The children’s reasonable health care expenses
- Traveling for visitation from one parent to another
- The children’s educational needs
- Other special needs
We can calculate an estimate of what the court will permit for child support using the guideline.
Speak with an Experienced Brentwood Child Support Lawyer
Consult with a California family law attorney who knows the law and the Contra Costa family law courts inside and out. The Law Offices of Silky Sahnan is well-equipped to obtain the best results possible for our clients.
Whether you need to work through child support issues as you begin a divorce, have reason to modify a court-ordered support arrangement, or if you are experiencing difficulties with an ex-spouse who won’t pay child support, we can help.