When couples divorce, often any children that they may have are the ones to feel the severance of familiar connections most keenly. It is important to provide children of divorced parents with as much continuity as possible as they transition to a life split between two households. Part of ensuring a smooth transition is using child support agreements to guarantee that the custodial parent can continue to provide the same quality of life to the child after divorce. With help from an attorney, you and your ex-spouse can create a child support agreement that accommodates the unique needs of your child or children.
Factors affecting child support Claremont CA include:
- Income of each parent
- Assets belonging to each parent
- Other financial obligations of each parent
- Child’s special needs
- Child’s medical conditions
- Custodial parent’s standard of living
The most common way to initiate a Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Children is during a divorce or separation of married parents. However, you can also ask your attorney for help with child support if you are not married. In this case, you attorney will file a Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship, which can then be used as the basis for requesting child support or forming a custody agreement.
Often, child support agreements need to be amended as circumstances change. One parent might gain or lose income or remarry, or the child may require additional support for medical care. Your attorney can help you prove when and how the circumstances changed and ensure that the child support agreement remains fair to all parties and sufficient to provide for the care of the child.