We provide counsel for Murrieta families and spouses in the legal aspects of child support. Establishing an order for child support is one of the most important aspects of any divorce proceeding. Payment of child support can come about in one of two ways:
- Agreed upon through negotiations between the parents (usually with attorneys) and then reduced to writing and court order
- Decided when a child support order is entered by a court
How you decide to reach an agreement with the other parent for child support will depend on your specific circumstances and often on how well you are getting along with each other. Our law firm can assist you in reaching an agreement, and ensure that your parental rights and the rights of your kids are protected.
California Family Law Court And Child Support
California family courts look at two primary factors when calculating child support:
- Each parent’s income
- The time spent by each parent with the child/children
Other factors that can impact child support payments include child care expenses, home mortgage payments, tax filing status, and other costs that will determine the family’s financial situation.
Child Support Orders
Child support orders are legally-binding and obligate a non-custodial parent to provide monthly financial support for his or her children. In California, there is a statewide formula that is used to calculate the amount of child support a non-custodial parent owes to a custodial parent.
The child support formula takes into account how much money each parent makes, additional income either parent may receive, how many children are in need of support, how much time each parent spends with his or her children, health insurance expenses, and additional items. We can discuss this formula in more detail and what it means to you during our initial consultation.
Schedule a Legal Consultation
Call our Murrieta/Temecula office at 951 296 5360 to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys. We are here to help you in protecting your parental rights and ensuring the best outcome for you and for your children.