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Child Support Lawyer in Anaheim, CA

We work with you to help get what's right and just. Most couples want to do the right thing; however, they may disagree on what (and how much) the right thing is.

Determining Child & Spousal Support

The dissolution of a marriage can create financial hardships, particularly when one parent has sacrificed career or educational opportunities to be a full-time parent. California law eases potential economic difficulties through child and spousal support following a divorce. It also recognizes that the person who assumes financial responsibilities has the right to a fair determination of their obligations. With a dedicated child support lawyer on your side, securing support is easy.

Child

Child support continues until age 18 unless the child is a full-time high school student residing with a parent. In that situation, support continues until graduation from high school or age 19, whichever occurs first. Child support is calculated by the court using the Child Support Guidelines, which takes into account the following:

  • Income
  • Uninsured Health Care Costs
  • Custodial Time Share
  • Number of Children
  • Health Insurance
  • Parents' Tax Filing Status
  • Shared Daycare
  • & More

Spousal

Spousal support is often called alimony. The court looks at numerous factors to determine whether spousal support should be awarded, how much should be paid, and how long payments should be made. A temporary order for spousal support that will continue until a permanent award is made can be applied for. In addition to whether a spouse gave up a career or educational opportunities to care for dependent children, other factors the court uses to determine spousal support include but are not limited to the following:

  • Earning Capacities of the Parties
  • Marital Standard of Living
  • Age & Health of the Parties
  • Duration of the Marriage

Negotiating Child Custody & Visitations

One of the first thing we ask in custody situations is this: Who would you rather have deciding what's right for your children—you, or a person in a black robe who knows little about your family? We almost always recommend putting differences aside and coming to an agreement on what is best for your children. It less stressful for the children and is typically easier on you as well.

Whether parents collaborate or not, a formal filing process must be addressed. We have the family law experience needed to help ensure your joint decision is put into action. If underlying factors prevent an agreeable parenting plan, we make sure that your child's best interests and rights are protected.