Orange County Child Support Lawyer
Child support will be a huge financial decision for couples who are
going through a divorce. Whether you are on the paying end of a support order or are requesting
support, the financial impact for both parties can be tremendous. Our
firm's child support attorney in Orange County can help you understand
the need for support, help you negotiate a fair amount to pay, or help
you through the process of petitioning for support.
Call for a
free initial consultation today at (714) 888-4830!
Understanding Your Obligations for Child Support
Child custody is an ongoing financial payment that one parent will make to the other
to provide financial support for a child after a divorce. The state of
California uses a mathematical formula that can determine the amount of
money that a parent may be obligated to pay.
California's child support formula incorporates different factors, such as:
- The number of minor children involved
- The income levels of both parents
- How much time the child spends with each parent
- Costs of day care, healthcare, work-related expenses, or other costs
- Whether one parent is paying child support for other children from a prior marriage
Modifying Your Child Support Order
While we and the courts always do the best they can to arrive at the best
possible solution in divorce proceedings, it is not uncommon for circumstances
to change post-decree, and what was once the best option may no longer
be possible, or a child may have new needs that were not present at the
time the order was issued. In these cases, it may be possible to obtain a
post-judgment modification. When the potential modification concerns child support, it will be important
to demonstrate a significant shift in either the child's needs, one
or both of the parents' means, or both.
Such changes could include but are not limited to the child being diagnosed
with a serious illness, the incarceration of a parent, or a parent losing
or gaining a job with a significant increase or decrease in income. Whatever
the situation, judges typically require sufficient evidence before becoming
willing to modify a court decision, so ensure that you have a lawyer who
is familiar both with your individual case and with the legal process
as a whole, and what the court wants to see to agree to a change in child support.
Contact The Law Offices of W. Douglas McKeague today!
Do you want to learn more about your rights? Do you have more questions
about your obligation to pay child support? We are here to listen. We have
more than 30 years of trial experience and can help protect you every step of the way. It is our goal to make
certain that your child receives the proper care and support while protecting
you from any unfair financial hardship on either end.
Contact our firm
today to learn more from a child support attorney in Orange County!