Certified Family Law specialist
San Fernando Valley Child Support Lawyer
Advocating Your Child’s Right to a Financially Secure Future In Northridge & Century City
The family law attorneys of Joel S. Seidel & Associates have extensive experience in handling child support matters for parents throughout Northridge, Century City, Los Angeles, 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. Additionally, our team of San Fernando Valley child support attorneys helps parents who are seeking the modification or enforcement of support orders.
How Is Child Support Calculated in California?
The determination of child support is not just about comparing and computing incomes, it is a highly regulated aspect of family law that takes into consideration several factors. 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 trial court only has the discretion provided by statute or case law.
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
What Does Child Support Cover?
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 Does Child Support End in California?
In California, child support stops once the child reaches the age of 18 or has graduated high school. If the child is still in high school full-time, and still lives with the custodial parent, then the child support will continue until he or she graduates or turns 19.
Do You Pay Child Support With 50/50 Custody?
Yes, you will still need to pay child support as long as the child is under the age of 18 and hasn't graduated high school. When you think about paying child support, the custody time and income are highly regarded as the two primary factors. Since custody in 50/50 cases is irrelevant, the court will analyze the earning potentials of each parent. The primary purpose if this is to ensure that the child is well taken care of and has plenty of money to support them.
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 a skilled legal counsel like Joel S. Seidel & Associates every step of the way. Our family lawyers in San Fernando Valley 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.
Our offices are located in Century City and Northridge. To arrange an initial consultation with one of our child support attorneys in the San Fernando Valley, please contact us online or call (818) 435-3773.
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