Protecting Your Rights And Those Of Your Child In Support Matters

California law states parents are responsible for supporting a child's needs until he or she turns 18 years old, unless the child is still in high school, in which case each parent is responsible for the child's needs until he or she turns 19 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs first.

If a child's parents divorce or end a nonmarital relationship, the noncustodial parent will likely be required to pay child support. The amount of monthly support is determined by following a formula in the state's child support guidelines. The guidelines consider a number of factors to determine how much support is warranted. These include:

  • Both parents' net disposable income
  • The number of children who require support
  • The amount of time each parent spends with a child
  • Whether a parent is supporting a child from another relationship
  • Any other relevant costs

Deviating From Child Support Guidelines

The Court can deviate from child support guidelines for special circumstances. This may include a special needs child who requires extra care or simply be a result of a child being from a high-asset household. If the Court deviates from the formula, it must provide an explanation why that is warranted.

The establishment of child support is a critical component of shaping the financial foundation of both parents post divorce. As you can see, it is not a matter of simply plugging numbers into a formula. Whether you expect to receive child support or pay it, it is important to work with a knowledgeable family law attorney who understands the child support guidelines, and who can protect your interests and those of your child. Shulman Family Law Group has the experience to help you navigate this process.

Our Emphasis Is On Getting It Right

Our lawyers work directly with each client from start to finish. We take the time to learn the intricate details that will affect the establishment of your child support plan. This typically includes careful review of tax records, business records, health expenses and other financial statements.

We also help clients modify child support if there is a significant change in one parent's needs or the child's needs. This could include one parent's loss of health care benefits or a significant and long-term change to a parent's or a child's health care costs.

Don't Settle For Less

Your child is too important to settle for an inexperienced attorney when addressing child support matters. Call 818-676-9605 or use our online contact form to enlist our services. We represent clients throughout California from offices in Calabasas and Santa Barbara.