The family law attorneys of Joel S. Seidel & Associates have extensive experience in handling child support matters for parents in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and Ventura. We can help ensure that all income is accounted for and that all of the relevant needs related to the care of a child are considered for the purpose of determining support.
Our team of attorneys also helps parents who are seeking the modification or enforcement of child support orders.
Calculating Child Support
The determination of child support is a highly regulated area of law. In California, public policy sets forth a child support guideline and mathematical formula that courts must use to calculate child support.
The guideline formula is legally presumed to be correct, and special circumstances must exist in order for the court to deviate from the guideline amount. In these matters, the only discretion a trial court has is the discretion provided by statute or case law.
Child support generally takes the form of periodic payments made to a custodial parent from a non-custodial parent to help compensate for a child's basic living expenses, such as food, clothing, housing and other costs related to the child's well-being. When calculating child support, many factors have to be considered, including:
- How much the parents earn or have the capacity to earn
- Any other income each parent receives
- The number of children involved
- The amount of time each parent spends with the child
- The child's health care expenses and the cost of insurance
- The cost of the child's educational needs
- Any special needs the child may have
- The cost of child care that allows a parent to work or obtain job training
More Than Simply Plugging In Numbers
While the child support calculations may appear to be a fairly simple exercise of plugging numbers into a formula, the reality is that determining the correct figures to use is often a very complex, nuanced procedure that requires the participation of experts, such as forensic accountants and vocational experts.
With important financial determinations at stake, it is important to have legal counsel every step of the way.
Our lawyers have handled hundreds of child support cases of varying complexity, involving a wide range of child support situations. However simple or complex your child support situation may be, we can help.
Contact A Los Angeles Child Support Attorney
Our offices are located in Century City and Northridge. To arrange an initial consultation with one of our attorneys, please send us an email or call 818-488-6423.