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Child Support Attorneys in Granite Bay, California

Protecting Your Child’s Future with Diligent Advocacy

When divorce proceedings involve children, there are a variety of issues that need to be resolved, such as child custody, visitation, relocation, and child support. While these are all very important legal issues that must be resolved, child support is among the most significant matters because it directly impacts the well-being of your children for years to come in a divorce. Child support issues may also be raised as a separate matter in cases involving children born out of wedlock or as part of a legal separation. A steadfast Roseville family law attorney from Herrig, Vogt & Hensley, LLP will put the needs of you and your children first and fight to protect your futures.

Overview of California Child Support Laws

Child support is necessary when the custodial parent requires financial support from the non-custodial parent to sufficiently provide for the needs of their children. When former couples with children cannot reach an amicable resolution regarding an appropriate amount of child support to be paid, either parent can petition the court for a resolution. The judge makes a decision regarding child support based on factors such as:

  • The monthly income of each parent

  • The resources of each parent

  • The amount of time each parent spends with the child

  • The financial needs of the child, including:

    • Food and clothing

    • Education

    • Childcare expenses

    • Medical bills and medical insurance premiums

    • Other needs

It can be a challenge to determine the correct amount of monthly income in cases where the non-custodial parent is self-employed or does not report all of his or her income because it is difficult to substantiate it. However, we have access to professional resources to assist in finding hidden assets and income if necessary to ensure that the other parent is paying the proper amount of child support.

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Child Support Modifications in California

Child support orders are not necessarily permanent in nature. A modification may be necessary when there has been a significant change in income or circumstances, such as if a parent lost a job, was incarcerated, had another child or suffered a disabling event. For a change to be considered significant, it must change the child support amount by a minimum of $50 or 20%, whichever is less. Additionally, there may be changes related to the child that necessitate a modification in the custody order, such as the child’s needs have changed or the child spends more time with one of the parents. Until a modification has been entered, the parent is required to continue making the original amount of child support payments. Child support modifications cannot be changed retroactively. If a parent loses their job months ago, and does not file the modification paperwork with the court at that time, the judge is not allowed to make an order that dates back to when they lost their job.

If the parents agree on a new amount of child support that is necessary under the circumstances, they may jointly ask the judge to make a new order. However, if one of the parents does not agree, the parent seeking to change the amount of child support petitions the court to have the child support order modified. At Herrig, Vogt & Hensley, LLP, our Roseville family law lawyer can assist you with modifying child support orders.

Family Law Attorney Serving Roseville, California

The family law attorneys at Herrig, Vogt & Hensley, LLP are committed to helping clients in areas like Roseville and other communities. Our firm understands the need for fair child support agreements that can provide the kind of security your children deserve for years to come. With nearly 100 years of combined experience representing the needs of parents and parents, we have been instrumental in helping many children get the financial support they need. If you would like an aggressive advocate on your side in pursuing the child support you deserve, contact a Roseville child support attorney.

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