If you and your partner have made the decision to separate or divorce and you have children, child support will be an issue in your case that needs to be resolved. Contacta knowledgeable Ventura Child Support Attorney today by calling (805) 658-1000 to make an appointment for a free in office consultation.
During your consultation, we will obtain all necessary financial information from you to provide you with an approximate child support calculation. By doing so you will have a realistic understanding of how much child support you will be expected to either pay or receive prior to going to Court.
Child Support Attorney in Ventura
For representation by a skilled Ventura Child Support Lawyer, please contact us.We represent clients in a broad range of cases pertaining to child support, including:
Judicial determination of child support in initial support proceedings
Judicial determination of child support after paternity has been established if the parents were not married
Post-judgment modification of child support based on a change in circumstances
Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) enforcement matters
Judicial determination of past due child support (child support arrears)
Under California Law, parents share an equal obligation to provide support for their children. The Family Law Courts and State Legislature have determined that the payment of child support is in the child’s best interests, to ensure that they are properly supported and cared for.
Child Support determinations are made based upon complex guidelines set forth in the California Family Code.
Due to the fact that California’s statutory child support formula is extremely complicated, it is in your best interest as well as the best interest of your children to hire a knowledgeable Ventura Child Support Attorney.
Numerous factors are taken into account when the Court issues a determination of child support, such as:
Child support obligations from previous relationships
Children from subsequent relationships for whom you or the other parent have a legal duty to support
Each parent’s tax filing status
Each parent’s tax obligation
Health insurance costs
Monies that must be paid to cover the costs associated with raising a special needs child, including medical equipment, vehicle and housing modifications, tuition for specialized education, and therapeutic treatment
Mortgage interest and property tax deductions for real property
The amount of time each parent spends with the children
The number of children who must be supported
Under California Law, unless otherwise specified in your initial divorce decree or support judgment, child support ends by operation of law when the child turns 18, unless the child is still a full time high school student. If, upon turning 18 years of age the child is still in high school, child support must be paid until the child graduates from high school or turns 19, whichever occurs first.
However, child support may continue beyond the statutory requirements if the parties either agree to continue child support while the child attends college, or if the parties have a disabled or special needs child who will require ongoing care into adulthood.
If parents share 50/50 physical custody, the Family Law Judge may still issue an order for support if there is a considerable disparity between the incomes of each parent.
Child support obligor’s (the parent required to pay support) frequently ask if they have the right to obtain an accounting of how the other parent is spending child support. As long as the children are being housed, fed and clothed, the Court will not entertain petitions requesting an accounting. Additionally, as a general rule the supporting parent is also expected to pay for all costs directly relating to the care, clothing and feeding of the children during their parenting time.
Call an Experienced Ventura Child Support Attorney
Contacta Ventura Child Support Attorney at the Law Office of Robert M. Baskin for answers to all of your child support questions. Please call (805) 658-1000 to make an appointment for a confidential, free in office consultation. We represent clients in child support matters in Ventura and throughout the region. Call today to learn how we can put our experience to work for you and help you resolve your child support matter as quickly and efficiently as possible.