Representing Parents in Child Support Cases
When a child's parents are not living together, the non-custodial parent generally has an ongoing obligation to provide financial support. Securing a fair and accurate child support determination is an important aspect of California family law.
Whether you are going through a divorce, establishing paternity or seeking modification of an existing child support agreement, an experienced family law attorney at the Law Office of Cecil & Cianci, PC can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Calculating and Enforcing Child Support
In California, as in most other states, child support is calculated using a formula that takes into account factors including:
- Each parent's income
- Parenting time and physical custody
- Tax-deductible expenditures
- Medical co-pays, orthodontia and other medical expenses
- Necessary job-related expenditures
- Day care costs
Child support is an obligation that a parent has to his or her child, even though the payment is made to the other parent.
In order to obtain a fair child support outcome, we must make sure the correct numbers are used in the child support formula. Each parent's income needs to be accurately documented, which can be difficult if a parent is self-employed or is hiding income.
Our lawyers work with forensic accountants and other experts, when necessary, to ensure that our clients have an opportunity to pursue appropriate child support determinations.
We also assist clients with child support enforcement. When a parent does not pay child support, our options include wage garnishment, bank levies, liens on tax refunds and use of the Department of Child Support Services.
Pursuing Modification of Support Orders
Once a child support order is entered, it can only be modified when there has been a substantial change in the underlying factors that go into the calculation. For example, if you lost your job or you have been exercising more parenting time, you may be entitled to a child support modification.
Child support modifications should always be approved by the court. Frequently parents will make side agreements regarding child support while they are communicating well. When they have a dispute, they find out that their agreement may not be enforceable.
Because custody is a factor in child support, if your child is spending more time with you than outlined in your parenting plan, or if the other parent is not taking the child during designated visitation periods, you may want to seek modification of both the custody and support orders.
Aggressive Pursuit of Your Family Law Goals
Do not hesitate to contact our Roseville law office to speak to an experienced lawyer about your legal options regarding child support, enforcement or support modifications.