Often, the people hardest hit by a divorce are the children. While we can’t legally mandate that both parents take responsibility for their children’s emotional well-being after a divorce, we can mandate financial responsibility for physical well-being through child support Rancho Cucamonga CA.
When it comes to determining how much child support the non-custodial parent should pay, the California child support calculation provides a good baseline. But the results of the calculation will still need to be adjusted to account for the unique circumstances of the case. Your family law attorney can help you complete the calculation and adjust it based on:
- 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
Your attorney can help you petition for child support in circumstances other than divorce or separation. Even if you were never married or in a domestic partnership with the child’s other parent, you can still have a court mandate that they provide financial support to the child. The first step is filing a Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship, and then your attorney can address child support demands.
Child support agreements are legally binding, but they are also subject to change. If you or the child’s other parent have experienced life changes that affect the ability to pay child support or the need to receive child support, you can hire an attorney to assist with a child support modification. For example, you might request a reduction in child support if the custodial parent remarries or gets a better job.