All parents have a financial obligation to support their children. If you are in the process of filing for divorce, the quality of your life and your child’s life will be strongly influenced by the court’s decision regarding child support payments. With 40 years of experience, our Los Angeles child support attorneys have made appearances in thousands of cases. We know the courts, and the courts know us. We are well equipped to advise you about a wide range of support-related matters.
Our firm can assist you with child support matters such as:
Frequently asked questions:
- How Child Support Is Calculated
- College Expenses & Child Support
- Day Care Costs & Child Support
- Child Support for High-Wage Earners
- Child Support for the Self-Employed
- Child Support for Unmarried Parents
- How Long Does Child Support Last?
- What to Do After Receiving a Summons and Complaint?
- Child Support for Special Needs Children
CALCULATING COLLEGE EXPENSES & CHILD SUPPORT IN CALIFORNIA
The ability to pay for children’s college education is an important consideration for many divorcing parents. Tuition and other costs have spiraled upward over the past few decades and the prospect of handling these bills can be even more imposing once divorce creates two separate households.
Some divorcing parents hold misconceptions and make mistaken assumptions that college expenses must be shared. In California, there is no law specifically addressing either custodial or noncustodial parents’ responsibilities in this area. The costs of college or university education are simply not addressed in child support laws or calculations.
You should consider retaining a Los Angeles child support lawyer for the following reasons:
- Our firm is dedicated to helping you project future expenses and envision life after divorce.
- Having an attorney who is a skilled financial analyst and resourceful negotiator may enable you to reach a settlement that covers college expenses such as the cost of tuition.
- We also provide a full range of estate planning services and can direct you to qualified financial services experts for help establishing a strategy for covering college expenses.
HOW DO DAY CARE COSTS GET FACTORED INTO CHILD SUPPORT?
In most divorces involving young children, daycare costs are included as an “add-on” within the child support order—as are the costs of health insurance and medical care. A basic guideline is that the costs of child care required for the primary custodial parent to work full-time are to be shared equally, but many factors can enter into the issuance of this order. Ensuring that you receive everything you are entitled to—or that the child support you are ordered to pay is not excessive—could very well depend on the knowledge of your divorce lawyer.
Disputes may arise over issues such as the following:
- Payment of a nanny or other care provider who may perform other services in addition to day care, such as housekeeping or after-hours services
- The desire of a parent who currently stays at home with a young child to continue doing so, necessitating additional child or spousal support due to a lack of employment income
HANDLING CHILD SUPPORT CASES INVOLVING HIGH-WAGE EARNERS
In 1992, the California legislature adopted a formula to calculate child support that is based on the incomes of both parents and amount of time the child spends with each parent. However, when the father’s pay is measured by millions, the court uses other factors to assure the necessary support payments are made.
At Stolar Law Group, our clients know that they can count on our Beverly Hills child support lawyers for confidentiality and for a fair resolution.
We represent mothers and fathers in high-earner child support cases, including:
- Professional athletes
- Business figures
DETERMINING CHILD SUPPORT FOR SELF-EMPLOYED PARENTS
We at Stolar Law Group know how to conduct financial analysis and take other steps necessary to earn just child support orders for our clients. This includes handling many cases involving entertainers working in Hollywood, as well as entrepreneurs, high-earning consultants, and others with income that can be challenging to pinpoint and project for the future.
HOW CHILD SUPPORT IS CALCULATED IN CALIFORNIA
When it comes to child support matters, each parent is expected to provide for the children. If the child’s parents are not married, then the court will issue an order regarding support payments that are intended to provide the custodial parent with the necessary resources to provide for the child.
At Stolar Law Group, our child support attorneys in Beverly Hills can explain the child support guidelines and how they will affect your specific situation. Family courts follow standard state guidelines for child support. The court has the discretion, however, to stray from or to waive the guidelines if a child’s special needs or a parent’s special circumstances suggest a more equitable arrangement.
In most situations, the calculation of child support is based on factors such as:
- The incomes of both parents
- The amount of time the child spends at each residence