Child Support

Experience and knowledge are crucial in navigating the court system to obtain a fair and adequate amount of child support.  We frequently attend family law continuing education seminars including the annual Family Law Symposium.  We stay current on the lastest developments in the law and technology to better serve our clients needs in an efficient and cost effective manner.   

California law in this area can be complex we are prepared to work diligently to achieve the best possible result for you in an efficient and affordable manner.  While most cases do settle we prepare aggressively for trial from the onset of the case.  By being ready from the beginning we are in a better position to force a settlement on the best possible terms if ultimately that is what the client desires.    

California Family Code § 3900 codifies the general obligation of both parents to support their minor children "in the manner suitable to the child's circumstances." [Family Code § 3900]

California Family Code § 3901(a): The duty of support imposed by Section 3900 continues as to an unmarried child who has attained the age of 18 years, is a full-time high school student, and who is not self-supporting, until the time the child completes the 12th grade or attains the age of 19 years, whichever occurs first. (b) Nothing in this section limits a parent's ability to agree to provide additional support or the court's power to inquire whether an agreement to provide additional support has been made.

Though generally standardized through a formula, child support is determined on a wide range of factors, which include the earning potential and income of each parent, among others. Typically, the lower earning parent can receive a monthly support payment from the higher earning parent in the Judgment. Typically, this will continue until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school (however, there are some exceptions and a different law applies). The amount of monthly support is decided upon through a formula. We will do the work to provide the details of the assets and other financial information to arrive at an accurate assessment of each parent's income and situation.

Child support is based on a statutory imposed algebraic formula which is presumed to be correct. (CA Family Code §4055, et seq.)

Each situation is different and requires individualized approach. Child support calculations can be complicated when a person is self-employment or the income is commission-based.  Our attorneys can utilize the services of forensic accounting experts as needed to obtain a clear understanding of the financial situation of both spouses and to competently advise and represent our client.

Whether you are seeking to limit your exposure to excessive spousal support, or you are trying to maximize its amount payable to you, call us to arrange for a consultation at 310-914- 3222 from Los Angeles or 714-280-0601 from Orange County. California Family Code § 3900 codifies the general obligation of both parents to support their minor children "in the manner suitable to the child's circumstances." [Family Code § 3900]

Child support is based on a statutory imposed algebraic formula which is presumed to be correct. (CA Family Code §4055, et seq.)

Whether you are seeking to limit your exposure to excessive spousal support, or you are trying to maximize its amount payable to you, call us to arrange for a consultation at 310-914- 3222 from Los Angeles or 714-280-0601 from Orange County.

Child Support Modification

We are also available to assist clients with child support modifications. People are eligible to petition the court for child support modification after there has been a significant change in income or changes of the custody/visitation arrangements. For example, the loss of a job, the evolving needs of growing children, and other life situations can possibly be used to seek modification in the amount of child support. If you feel that your financial situation has changed significantly and that a modification is in necessary, our attorneys will work diligently to achieve such goals. There are no rigid guidelines for judging whether circumstances have sufficiently changed to warrant a child support modification. So long as the statewide statutory formula support requirements are met (CA Fam Code § 4050 et seq.), the determination is made on a case-by-case basis and may properly rest on fluctuations in need or ability to pay. The ultimate decision lies within the trial court's sound discretion and is reversible only for abuse of discretion.