Seal Beach Child Support Lawyer
In California, both parents are legally obligated to financially support their children regardless of their marital status or if they even live with their children. In situations that require arranging child support, a monthly payment amount is determined by the judge who issues the child support order, based on a state-imposed guideline. While the process may seem fairly simple, child support cases are complicated legal matters, and many people need to hire an experienced family law attorney to help them navigate the process. Read below for a summary of California’s child support requirements and guidelines:
What Is Child Support?
Child support is an ongoing payment ordered by a family law court that a parent must pay to cover the expense of raising a child after the end of a relationship. Payments are usually made monthly. Parents who divorce can request child support during the court proceedings to finalize the divorce. Parents who are not married can apply for child support orders in parentage cases. However, cases can also be opened with the California Department of Child Support Services outside of other legal matters. The Department is responsible for adjudicating the case and performing tasks including establishing parentage, locating parents, obtaining child support court orders and collecting payments.
How Are Child Support Payments Calculated?
- Employment wages
- Disability benefits
- Rental property income
- Self-employment earnings
- Unemployment benefits
- Workers’ compensation benefits
- Social Security and pensions
What Expenses are Included in the Monthly Child Support Calculation?
- Childcare costs
- Unpaid medical bills
- Optional activities such as sports, tutoring and field trips
- Travel expenses required for visitation
How Is Child Support Enforced?
- Garnishing a bank account
- Garnishing wages
- Issuing a properly lien
- Intercepting a tax refund
- Suspending a driver’s or business license
- Levying a personal injury settlement
- Negatively impacting credit
How Long Does a Parent Have to Pay Child Support?
According to California law, court-ordered child support payments continue for a specified amount of time. In general, the child support payments should continue for an unmarried child who has attained the age of 18 years, is a full time student, and who is not self supporting, until the time the child completes the 12th grade or attains the age of 19 years, whichever first occurs.
Once the child turns 19, even if they are still attending high school, support is no longer required. Support obligations also cease if a child gets married, passes away or joins the military. California courts often require both parents to continue supporting disabled children over the age of 18 who cannot financially support themselves.
Is Child Support Enforceable in Other Jurisdictions?
Even if a non-custodial parent moves to another state, the child support order is still in effect. Collecting payments, however, may become more difficult because the parent is now in a new jurisdiction. The Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act was created to ensure the timely payment and collection of ordered child support payments. This law allows a support order to be upheld and enforced by a court in another jurisdiction.
Do I Need a Child Support Attorney?
Child support cases can be very complex, especially if you do not have an amicable relationship with your former partner. Because child support decisions are often made in tandem with child custody and visitation rulings, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer who specializes in family law. Issues concerning your child are very important, and a licensed Orange County and LA County family law attorney will work to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your family.
Hiring a child support lawyer attorney can help you save time and money in your child support case. An attorney knows the legal formalities that must be completed, such as document preparation so the custody of your child can be determined as quickly as possible.
Contact Stacy Campuzano Today
If you are currently facing a child support issue and want the support of an experienced family law attorney, contact the Law Office of Stacy Campuzano today. Our legal professionals are experienced in all types of family law and provide representation that is effective and affordable. Contact us today at 562-799-5503 to make an appointment.