Premier Child Support Attorney In Murrieta
Under California law, parents are obligated to support their children, and child support is often an issue in family law cases throughout Southern California.
At Westover Law Group, we have extensive experience in child custody and child support matters. Our founding attorney, Andrew L. Westover, is a Certified Family Law Specialist, having been certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Less than 3 percent of attorneys have achieved this distinction.
If you have concerns about child support, whether as a paying parent or a receiving parent, we can answer your questions and help you seek an appropriate solution.
What Does The Law Say About Child Support?
While many child custody cases can be handled outside of court, other cases require a court order. During such cases, the judge considers many factors when deciding on the proper arrangements.
In fact, California Family Code 4053 makes clear that:
(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 child support guidelines take 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 guidelines seek 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.