Children are a main priority during a divorce in Southern California. Their well-being must always be considered during the process. In many cases, if one parent gains sole custody over their kid, the other parent may still be responsible for child support. Child support is a form of payment one parent makes to the other to contribute to the costs of raising a child. Under California law, all legal parents are obligated to support their children.
At Westover Law Group, we want to help minimize the conflict to protect your children. If you are going through a divorce where child support is an issue, contact our Murrieta child support attorneys. We have been helping families since 2007 obtain the end result they need. Our board certified family law specialist has a comprehensive insight into divorce proceedings and can help protect your rights.
While some child custody cases may be handled outside of court, other cases require an order from the court. During these cases, the judge considers many factors when deciding on child support arrangements.
California Family Code 4053 provides,
(a) A parent's first and principal obligation is to support his or her minor children according to the parent's circumstances and station in life.
(b) Both parents are mutually responsible for the support of their children.
(c) The guideline takes into account each parent's actual income and level of responsibility for the children.
(d) Each parent should pay for the support of the children according to his or her ability.
(e) The guideline seeks to place the interests of children as the state's top priority.
The court also gives special consideration as to whether a child has specific medical or special needs that must be addressed.
Once a court signs off on a child support order, it is very difficult to change it. Make sure the rights of you and your child are protected before going into a support agreement. Allow our Murrieta child support attorneys and our certified family law specialist, Andrew L. Westover, CFLS, help your case! We bring years of experience and knowledge to advocate on your behalf.
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