Child support can be a complicated matter in California family courts. Whether you are looking to establish a new child support order or are unsuccessfully trying to collect child support from your child’s non-custodial parent, the assistance of an attorney can help you succeed.
The skilled attorneys at our law firm have years of experience assisting parents and guardians in child support matters. Here are some of the common questions regarding child support that we’ve heard over the years:
How is Child Support Determined in San Bernardino County?
The state of California uses a formula to determine the amount of child support that a person will be required to pay. The formula factors in both parents’ disposable income and follows California’s child support guidelines. The family law judge or court commissioner will have the final say in the amount that is ordered. It’s advisable that anyone pursuing child support or a child support modification speak with a qualified attorney to estimate the support that will be assigned for their children.
How Can I Get a Child Support Modification in California?
Life circumstances change and the amount of support that you were initially ordered to pay or collect may no longer be relevant in your situation. The order can either be increased, decreased, or stopped entirely. Typically, modifications and terminations of child support can be made at any time by the court.
In order to file for a modification of support, you will need to prove that circumstances have changed enough to warrant the increase or decrease in child support. A skilled family law attorney will be able to help you gather the necessary proof and present it to the court. Here are some of the circumstances that could indicate a need to change the child support amount:
- The parent paying child support now has an illness or disability
- There has been a change in the child’s medical needs
- There has been a significant decrease or increase in one of the parents’ income
- The child’s living situation has changed
- A parent’s visitation time with the children has increased or decreased
When attempting to modify a California child support order, you need to keep in mind that circumstances are judged on a case by case basis. You will need to present sufficient evidence to the court that the modification you are seeking is justified and in the best interest of the kids.
Contact RM Law Group LLP for Your Child Support Needs
When it comes to getting the support that your children deserve, you need the aggressive representation of a dedicated attorney. California has determined that both parents are equally responsible for supporting their child. You do not have to support your kids alone. Whether you are going through a divorce and filing for a child support order for the first time or are looking to adjust an existing order, you can benefit from the help of a skilled family lawyer.
A San Bernardino & Ontario child support attorney at RM Law Group is ready to discuss your case. At our law firm, our attorneys work personally with our clients to make sure your case is handled with the attention that it needs. When you’re ready to proceed with your child support order then you need to contact an attorney that will represent you with your children’s best interests in mind. Call (909) 453-2707 to schedule your risk-free consultation.