Pasadena Child Support Attorney

As one household splits into two, finances will likely be strained. Taking care of a child or children adds pressure to the new financial situation. Children will require adequate support for school, healthcare, and other needs such as extracurricular activities. Child support is the amount of money that the court will require one parent to pay to the other each month to care for the child or children. Typically, the non-custodial parent will be required to pay child support to the custodial parent. California has a guideline for determining how much should be paid in child support, which can be discussed in depth with an experienced lawyer from our firm. Whether you are on the receiving or paying end of a child support order, we encourage you to seek assistance from our Pasadena divorce attorneys at once.

How is child support determined in California?

Child support payments are often ordered until the child turns 18 or 19. In some cases, the parents can agree to continue these payments for a longer duration, such as through the years that the child is attending college. Children who are disabled and not self-supporting may require extended payments. Depending on your type of divorce, child support awards will be determined based on factors including but not limited to:

  • Tax bracket status of both parties
  • Each spouse's incomes
  • Number of minor children
  • Age of children involved
  • Deductions
  • Child-related expenses
  • Special needs of children

As you seek to determine a fair child support order, our lawyers can help. With more than 10 years of experience, we have a full understanding of the California laws associated with child support. We can walk you through the support evaluation process and help you understand what to expect in your case.

Under California law, both parents are required to retain legal responsibility over the children. If you are seeking child support payments from the other party, we can help you make the court aware of this need. We also can help ensure that the child support payments you are required to pay are fair. If you are seeking experienced guidance with your child support order, we can help you through your case. Our goals are to ensure that your child's best interests are given primary consideration and that your rights are protected. Contact us today!