Menlo Park Child Support Lawyers
Child support can be one of the most contentious issues faced by a divorcing
couple. Oftentimes, both parents are concerned with ensuring their children
are not overly affected by the divorce, and they’re committed to
making sure all financial needs of the children are met as well. When
one or both parents bring home high incomes, the situation can become
even more complicated. An experienced family law lawyer can help address
the often-contentious nature of child support cases.
How Is Child Support Determined?
Child support generally ends when the child reaches the age of 18, unless
the child is still in high school. If parents cannot agree on how to settle
the child support aspect of their divorce, a family law judge will decide
on the matter. In California, guideline child support is calculated by
a formula that takes into account a variety of factors, most prominently
gross income of each party and each parent’s time with the child(ren).
Several tax deductions for the parties are also taken into consideration.
Unfortunately, this formula doesn't always lead to child support orders
that the parties consider fair.
Modifying Existing Child Support Orders
Because circumstances can change, motions can be filed to modify existing
child support orders based on a change of circumstances. Changes such
as job loss and serious illness may allow a person to petition for child
support modification. We can assist you with child support matters at
our offices in Menlo Park and San Ramon.