Child Support in California
The State of California utilizes a complex mathematical formula for calculating the amount of support a child should receive. (You can estimate the amount using the state’s guidelines calculator.) The state assigns financial responsibility to each parent using the income shares model, which bases the amount of child support on the monthly cost per child according to what percentage of the total family income each parent makes. If, for example, the non-custodial parent earns 60 percent of the household’s total income, the amount of child support he pays will be 60 percent of the monthly costs per child.
That being said, these calculations are still guidelines, and the courts may raise or lower the calculated amounts based on a wide range of factors. Additionally, parents who go through divorce mediation may also agree to child support amounts that are different than the guidelines. We work closely with you in these situations to make sure you are accounting for all the expenses involved in supporting your children. For example, does your child have special needs? Does he/she need a therapist to help deal with the fallout of a divorce?
Resolving Disputes Creatively Can Save Time and Money
One of the most important details to be ironed out in any divorce is how much child support the non-custodial parent will pay. At the Law Offices of Hollie A. Lemkin, we are passionate about putting the needs of the child first in any divorce situation, and we will work with either mediation or litigation to ensure you receive the appropriate amount of financial assistance to take care of your children’s needs.
Modifying Child Support Amounts
It is common after a divorce for child support payments to be modified according to changes in financial status or time divisions. We can work with you to request modifications of court ordered child support payments when needed, and we can also fight in court to hold a “deadbeat” parent accountable for back child support, if necessary.
To resolve questions or problems regarding child support, either during or after a divorce, Hollie Lemkin can help. Call our office for an appointment today.