Child support is an important issue to resolve during the divorce or separation process. The Law Offices of Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, in Newport Beach, California, can advise and represent you in child support matters. Our Newport Beach family law attorneys strive to obtain the best possible child support order for our clients, whether this is making sure the receiving parent is given the rightful support or avoiding unreasonable financial burden on the paying parent.
A formula in the California statutes determines the level of child support. The level depends on the incomes of the parties, the amount of time the child spends with each parent and the amount of various expenses, such as mortgage interest and health care insurance.
Although child support is calculated using a formula set forth by a uniform computer program, the actual numbers entered into that program can influence the results. It is important to work with an attorney experienced in handling income figures and other child support calculations in order to have the best chance of reaching a favorable outcome.
Long after a divorce or separation agreement is finalized, modifications in child support orders may be required. A parent may lose a job, or a child may suffer health concerns, among other things that require a modification of the original financial support. We can help obtain the modification and work out a new agreement that better fits the current situation.
Our firm also assists with child support enforcement. Our Orange County family lawyers act quickly to file a judgment against the payor, with the hope that just the threat of legal punishment will get him or her to pay arrearages and current support payments.
Our firm serves clients throughout Orange County, including the cities of Newport Beach, San Clemente, Huntington Beach, Anaheim and Newport Beach. Do you have questions about the child support guidelines?