Fighting For Financial Support Of Your Children
As a parent, you want what is best for your child. Proper care requires nurturing, love and ultimately, financial support. As you divorce or consider the future, you may worry about the financial stability and well-being of your children.
The lawyers at Jarrette & Walmsley, LLP, understand your concerns. We will explain how child support is calculated and fight for the needs of your family.
Understanding How Support Is Determined
California parents share an equal financial responsibility when it comes to children. Each parent will contribute according to a model calculated by the court. When determining support orders, the court takes several factors into account, including:
- Earning capability of each parent
- Current income of each parent
- The number of children each parent has
- Child visitation and custody arrangements
- Tax filing status of each parent
- Health and day care expenses
- Educational and special needs each child has
Modifying Current Support Orders
Once a support order is in place, the payment amount can potentially increase or decrease. In order for this to happen, one spouse must file a modification order and then prove that circumstances have significantly changed. The court will review the order and again look at the same factors to make a determination.
Enforcing Current Orders
Orders determined by the court must be followed. If one spouse fails to follow these orders and doesn’t pay, you can take steps to have these orders enforced. In many cases, wages are garnished and tax returns are held in order to fulfill payment obligations.
Start Working Toward Financial Stability
Whether you need to establish support or have a current order that needs attention, our attorneys can help. Call our Los Olivos or Santa Barbara offices today at 805-697-7390 to speak with us. Schedule a consultation to learn more.