Child support is court-ordered payments, made by a non-custodial parent to the custodial parent, to help support a child (or children). The overall purpose of child support is to help improve a child’s quality of life. For this reason, the court orders a percentage of money, the separated or divorced parent must pay, on a monthly basis, to help cover a child’s living expenses.
How is child support calculated?
The process of calculating child support is very complex, and multiple factors are taken into consideration. The gross incomes of the parents, the amount of time each child spends with each parent, income tax deductions (such as mortgage interest), health insurance, payroll deductions and child care expenses accumulated by either parent are carefully analyzed. A San Francisco family law lawyer can help you calculate the cost of child support.
What happens if I fail to pay child support?
A parent who fails to make child support payments can be found to be in contempt of court.
Failure to make payments could result in possible jail time. Defaulting on support payments could have a negative impact on a parent’s credit score. There could also be a lien placed on the individual’s property. If you are unable to make your child support payments, due to an unforeseen circumstance, you would need to apply to the court to modify your child support order immediately. A child support attorney can help you through the modification process.
How do I get my child support payments modified?
In California, the child support laws allow modification of a child support order. When you request a modification in your child support payments, you must be able to prove that there has been a substantial change of circumstance that makes the amount you’re paying unreasonable. For example, a parent’s ability to support a child may need to be modified due to a medical illness, disability or job loss.
Child support modification is a very complex matter. A San Francisco family law lawyer understands the nuances of the child support system and can help you the process. The Law Offices of Kent O. Kirmaci knows what evidence you will need to present to the judge, and what you will need to do to get your modification request approved.
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To find out more information regarding child support, call to schedule a consultation with a San Francisco family law lawyer at: (415) 956-0999. We proudly serve San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay Area.