Ensuring Fair And Reasonable Child Support
Child support should be based on the needs of the child and the financial capacity of the paying parent. For this reason, child support is chiefly determined by statutory formulas based on the parents’ incomes.
But there may be reasons to deviate from the California child support guidelines, and parents may not agree on nonmandatory extras such as braces, summer camps and college fees. Maggio Law can help you negotiate terms of child support or represent you in contested proceedings. Our lawyers practice in the family courts of Orange County and surrounding jurisdictions.
The California Child Support Guidelines Are Not The Final Word
Child support is straightforward in many cases. The formula considers the income of both parents, allowable deductions, child care expenses, the number of children and the percentage of parenting time. But the dollar figures can be skewed by complicating factors, such as business income, self-employed income, public benefits, special health care needs, or child support paid or received for children from prior relationships.
- Our attorneys make sure that the court has full and accurate information when issuing child support orders, including subpoenas of financial records or imputing income if necessary.
- We can help clients work out practical agreements for subsidizing college tuition or other nonmandatory expenses.
- We have negotiated child support in high earner cases where the child’s realistic needs are not tied to the paying parent’s income.
- Our team also represents either parent in post-decree modifications of child support.
We Strive To Get It Right The First Time
We believe in educating clients and attention to detail, to avoid future conflicts and hardships caused by unfair child support. To ensure that your rights are protected, contact Maggio Law to schedule a consultation. Call our office in Irvine at 949-668-1439 or contact us online.