San Diego Child Support Lawyer
Child Support: The Protection of Your Children’s Best Interests
All parents, whether they are married or not, must contribute to the support of their children. This is a law and not something that can be worked around due to an unmarried status or even due to unemployment or other financial difficulties.If you are going through a divorce in San Diego or California, you’ll find that the quality of life for you and your children will be affected by what the court determines when it comes to child support. However, the court cannot choose an arbitrary number. There are calculations that have to be made to determine who pays and how much. A San Diego family law attorney can be a great advocate in these determinations.
In California, child support takes into account each parent’s income, the number of children who are being supported, and the percentage of parenting time the paying parent is assigned in the divorce or paternity judgment. In other words, the person who has the children most of the time will generally pay less or not pay anything whereas the parent who has the children less will be asked to contribute more. Based on who gets primary custody of the children, the court can make a determination as to the right amount to be paid between parents.
Court systems often provide some free assistance with child support forms, but consulting a lawyer is a much better choice. You want to make sure you and your children receive what is fair and just, and an attorney on your side can help ensure that there is the best possible outcome for your particular case. Learning about what goes into figuring child support payments can better prepare you to work with your divorce attorney, as you’ll have a clearer idea of what the court will be looking for and what it will use as the basis for its decision.
Child Support Case – What to Consider
There’s more to consider than just the amount of money you’ll get in your child support case, as well. Often, the issue of child support is tied to child custody, spousal support (such as alimony), and family law mediation to work out problems that can be plaguing a couple that is divorcing or splitting up after having children together.
The San Diego divorce lawyers at Renkin & Associates will assist our clients with the following issues:
* Child support calculations, so you know how much money to expect
* Income imputation issues, to ensure everyone is providing fair and accurate financial information
* Work effort orders, so payment of child support can continue
* Employment evaluations to make sure payments are fair and equitable
* Income determination if there are concerns about the amount being paid
* Child support modification when one or the other party experiences a change in circumstances
Contact an Experienced Child Support Attorney
If you are looking for a divorce attorney to help you with your case, San Diego’s Law Office of Renkin & Associates is prepared to provide you with the best possible representation. We understand that divorce litigation often means financial concerns for both parties, and we’ll help you through it, one step at a time, every step of the way. While it is not always an easy process, having the right advocate can make it less stressful and can mean a faster resolution in some cases, so you can get back to enjoying your children and living your life.