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San Diego Law Firm Explains Child Support Laws

Photo of a mother comforting her daughterLegal conflicts involving family relationships can be complex and emotionally charged, especially when children are involved. Furthermore, uncertainty over your child’s needs being met adds to your stress. You want to make sure your children are cared for, no matter what you are going through. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to obtain fair and just child support. Child support law is complicated and disputes between parents can be tense. Having the counsel of experienced child support lawyers can help you prepare for your child’s future.

If you are engaged in a legal battle related to child support, you need representation from an attorney you can trust. Our San Diego divorce attorneys want to help you reach a successful resolution for your child support case. Understanding child support enforcement and child support laws requires diligence and experience. Do not gamble with your or your child’s future. We will work hard to provide the personalized, genuine, respectful and attentive service you deserve.

How Is Child Support Determined in California?

If you have minor children while going through a separation, you will eventually attend child support hearings. At the initial hearing, each parent submits financial paperwork. These documents are used by the court to determine your and the other parent’s income and each parent’s respective ability to provide for the child. California offers a child support calculator to help parents estimate their child support payment. If a parent is unemployed, the court may order the jobless parent to go through a job training program. All these hearings follow the California Family Code. This code exists to protect minors by declaring parents legally responsible to provide for their children. If a parent is purposefully seeking to under-report their employment or income, our attorneys can seek court intervention and request imputed income.

An experienced San Diego child support attorney can help you resolve disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). You may be able to negotiate child support as a part of your divorce settlement through mediation, for example. This process is less formal, but requires knowledge of sensitive mediation, neutral evaluation and other legal know-how. From child support modification to initial hearings, our law firm can offer assistance for all your family law needs.

How Does Child Support Enforcement Work?

You can enforce your right to child support through a court order. Child support enforcement usually happens when a parent fails to make a payment. Failing to pay child support can have serious consequences. Parents who fail to pay child support may be found in contempt of court through a motion. This offense can result in the loss of a California driver’s license, jail time or heavy fines, and can also affect your credit score or result in other penalties. A judge may order you to have your property sold, wages garnished or have you sentenced to community service. Modifying a support order can help with all these issues.

Through creative thinking, our experienced attorney can determine if your support order can be modified. If you have had a change in employment or assets, we can determine if your payments can be lowered. We can also tell you how moving may change your child support plan. If you are seeking compensation from the other parent, then our law firm can help you draft a motion of contempt. You and your child should not suffer due to the other parent’s overdue payments or general negligence. Our law firm can help identify various methods that may help you work toward a favorable outcome.

Questions? Call Our Affordable San Diego Child Support Lawyers

Are you concerned about your child’s future? Do you think the other parent is not fulfilling his or her part of the bargain? Child-related legal matters can be devastating. While most parents want to support their children, regrettably, issues come up. A parent may refuse to pay child support, even when ordered to do so. Thankfully, child support laws are designed with your children’s best interest in mind. Our child support lawyers can help you identify if your case needs modification.

Attorneys Steven Gnau and Daniel Tamez do everything possible to bring about a positive resolution to your child support case. We work to minimize your stress and remove the hassle from your custody battle. Our firm pledges to handle your case with the utmost professionalism and compassion while working to protect your best interests. Call us today at 619-269-8000 or contact us through our online form.