Issues Surrounding Child Support In The State Of California
In the State of California, the law indicates that every parent has a legal duty to financially support his or her minor child. In some cases, the parents are satisfied with the amount the court has ordered the payments to be. For the most part, however, receiving parents feel that they are owed a higher amount, and paying parents feel that they are paying too much. In California, child support payments are calculated based on a number of factors. To ensure child support payments are as fair as possible, the support of a skilled family law attorney is recommended. The family law attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP are prepared to represent your case.
RM Law Group, LLP has many years of experience handling a wide range of complicated family law matters, including contentious child support cases. The law firm understands that while calculating child support payments can be a painstakingly tedious process, many issues continue to arise that can make the final order unfair for one parent. For this reason, the proficient legal team at RM Law Group, LLP is prepared to advocate for your rights in the matter, ensuring the final order represents a fair amount. Here is the link to the California child support calculator.
How Child Support Is Calculated In The State Of California
Based on California Family Code §3900, every minor child has the legal right to be financially supported by both of his or her parents. Consequently, both parents have an equal responsibility to financially support their child.
Support payments are dictated by the factors enumerated in the California Family Code §4053, which include, but are not limited to:
- Every parent has to provide support based on his or her ability to do so.
- Children must share the standard of living of both of his or her parents.
- Support payments are primarily based on the best interests of the child.
The ultimate amount of payments ordered by the court is determined by the California Family Code §4055, which sets the Statewide Uniform Guidelines for Determining Child Support. Based on California Family Code §4053(k), the final amount of support that is set by the aforementioned formula is presumably correct in all cases.
Factors That Are Commonly Disputed
The Statewide Uniform Guidelines for Determining Child Support takes into account a number of factors, including the following to determine payment amounts:
- The average monthly income of the parents,
- The number of children shared by the parents,
- The time the child spends with the individual parent, and
- Child support payments the parents may have from past relationships.
It is not uncommon to have the parents of the child litigate over what their actual income is as well as the time they actually share with the child in question. These matters can be tricky to prove and can therefore quickly turn contentious in a case.
Allow An Experienced Attorney To Advocate On Your Behalf
When it comes to determining child support payments in the State of California, there are many complications that can arise, which could make the court-ordered payments favor one parent over the other. Child support payments must always be fair, but to ensure the other parent is not voluntarily suppressing information, it is important to obtain the legal support of a well-versed family law attorney.
Over the years, RM Law Group, LLP has advocated on behalf of parents facing child support issues. It is common for parents to face complex issues in these cases, and they often have to be resolved through litigation. With a track record of successful cases, RM Law Group, LLP is prepared to champion on your behalf. Consider contacting the firm today at (888)765-2902 to schedule your free initial case evaluation.