How Much Will I Pay In Child Support Payments? Each parent has a duty to provide for the support of his or her child. (Fam. Code § 4000 and 4050 et. seq.) If a parent does not do so voluntarily, the other parent may file a court action requesting child support payments. The Court is required to ensure that each parent abides by that duty.
The court must consider several factors when ordering support. (Fam. Code § 4053.) Key considerations in determining child support include the following:
- The number of children
- The interests of the child
- Each parent’s actual income and level of responsibility for the child
- The amount of time the children spend with each parent
- Each parent’s circumstance and station in life
- Each parent’s ability to pay child support
- A desire that the child shares in both parents’ standard of living
- Attempt to minimize significant disparities in the children’s living standards where there are two homes
The above information is submitted to the Court to assist it in calculating the appropriate amount of child support. It is imperative to have an attorney who is familiar with the statutory framework assist you in obtaining an order for the correct level of child support for your child.
The lawyers at Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde, LLP have a complete understanding of California child custody laws, and can help explain their relationship to other aspects of the dissolution or paternity process.
Should you already have an order for child support payments that you feel is not accurate or does not property reflect your financial situation, we can guide you through the process to seek a modification of support.
Contact our office today at (714) 997-7870 to speak with an attorney about child support.