San Diego Child Support Lawyers
Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC
In California, child support amounts are determined by a set of particularly complicated and nuanced guidelines. The guidelines consider the incomes of both parents, as well as the time each parent spends with the children. However, people often have options within these guidelines. As family law specialists, it is our role to help people know and understand all of their options.
Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC has handled child support issues since 1990. We understand that, while many view the law as making child support a cut-and-dry matter, there are still many points that may be disputed. Divorcing couples often disagree about what income should be included in child support calculations — income like overtime and bonuses. Reaching an agreement may require a judge's ruling.
We're here to help make sure you receive a ruling that accurately represents your situation. Call (619) 577-4900 today to schedule a free consultation. Let us empower you with multiple options.
HOW IS CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATED IN CALIFORNIA?
In California, child support is calculated according to preset guidelines. These guidelines take into account:
- The number of children
- Each parent's income
- The amount of time each parent spends with the child
- The standard of living of each parent
- The financial needs of the children
Is Child Support Mandatory?
According to California Family Code Section 4053:
(a) A parent’s first and principal obligation is to support the parent’s minor children according to the parent’s circumstances and station in life.
(b) Both parents are mutually responsible for the support of their children.
So arguably, child support is required in any divorce case involving children. The Court expects both parents to continue supporting their children — physically and financially — to ensure the children's standard of living remains high and their best interests are provided for.
Modify Child Support in San Diego County
Usually, a change in income gives rise to the need for change in child support. This change, however, does not happen automatically. If a parent loses his or her job or receives a substantial change in income, a motion must be filed.
It is wise for parents to do this as soon as possible - before child support payments become overdue. They can begin by calling Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC at (619) 577-4900. We can help you navigate this situation as quickly and effectively as possible.
Contact Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC
Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC is dedicated to one thing: helping families move through intense and often difficult changes smoothly and effectively. To that end, we have a policy about response time-we return all of our calls and emails within 1 business day. Prospective and current clients can count on us for open and frequent communication, every single time.
Contact us online or call (619) 577-4900 to schedule a free consultation.