Child support agreements are most commonly associated with divorced parents. While it is true that most divorce agreements do contain provisions for child support, unmarried parents can also request child support from the non-custodial parent. Whether or not you have been married to the child’s other parent, an attorney like Torrence L Howell can help you draft a child support agreement that accommodates the unique needs of your child or children.
The exact amount of child support Upland CA you are entitled to will vary based on the following factors
- 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 primary goal in a child support agreement should be to provide for the care and well-being of the children. Therefore, a wealthier parent may need to contribute more in order to keep both households up to similar standards of living. Your attorney can help you understand how much support you are entitled to or required to provide under the law, based on the California child support calculation and adjusted for your family’s unique circumstances.
Child support agreements are not written in stone. They can be updated as needed through petitions for child support modifications. A modification might be appropriate whenever one of the parents’ financial circumstances change, or when the child suddenly incurs higher medical or school expenses. With help from your attorney, you can identify relevant changes, assess their impact on existing custody arrangements, and request modifications as needed.