Find the Guidance You Need from a Child Support Attorney
The duty of all parents is to provide for the well-being of their children. Child support is intended to ensure that children retain the same standard of living they would have if their parents remained married. Our team at McCunn Law in Granite Bay, CA, understands the complexities involved in obtaining the right amount of child support to provide properly for your child. Our child support attorney, Drummond T. McCunn, can help you draft a petition for child support, as well as provide solutions to ensure your co-parent pays. If you are involved in a divorce or need to modify an existing child support order, contact our firm online or call (916) 773-6100 to speak with a member of our team.
How Child Support Works
In California, the courts use a calculator, similar to the California Guidline Child Support Calculator, to estimate the net income after taxes of both parents to determine how much child support is necessary to provide for the best interests of the children. If you and your co-parent have equal parenting time, the parent with the lower income will receive support.
Mr. McCunn can help you determine how much you can claim in child support payments to ensure you receive a fair amount.
However, in cases of non-equal timeshare, the calculations are slightly more complex. When one parent has the majority of parenting time, they are considered the custodial parent. The amount of money required from the non-custodial parent is directly connected to the amount of visitation time they spend with the child. The closer the non-custodial parent is to zero visitation, the higher the support payments. In this way, child support motivates parents to spend time with their children.
The Child Support Process
There are several steps you must take to obtain an order for child support. If you are at the beginning of a divorce, we typically handle this phase as part of our five step method for divorce. However, you can also file a claim for child support through the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). A typical child support claim involves:
- Making an initial child support request
- Declaring income and expenses
- Serving the child support request for order to the other parent
- Attending a child support hearing
In situations where you choose mediation or a collaborative divorce, you will still need to receive a court order to make a child support claim official. Our team can help you with every step of this process to ensure proper protocols are followed.
Receiving Additional Support
When a child support order is awarded to one parent, the amount includes medical insurance for the children in addition to differences in income. However, there are other expenses which are not included in child support, such as:
- Uninsured medical expenses
- Extracurricular activities
- Education expenses
- Child care
Since these expenses are not factored into child support calculations, you can receive additional money, or child support modification, to cover them. Mr. McCunn can help you determine how much you can claim in child support payments to ensure you receive a fair amount which properly compensates the income lost in the divorce.
Hire an Advocate
Whether you are pursuing child support payments or need help minimizing the financial burden of a child support request, the team at McCunn Law can help. We provide services to ensure you receive support payments and can coordinate with the DCSS if necessary, and can also assist with child support modification. If establishing paternity is necessary, we can help with that, too. For more information about our child support or divorce services, contact our office online or call (916) 773-6100 to speak with a member of our team today.
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