Child Support

How A Child Support Lawyer Can Help You

It is the responsibility of both parents to provide financially for their children under California law. Child support is one way to do that. However, it’s not uncommon for child support proceedings to become heated, regardless of whether you are requesting or paying child support. Child support is determined based on a guideline formula in California. At Rodriguez Lagorio, LLP, our attorneys can help you petition the court for an adequate amount of child support if you are on the receiving end or can assist you in preventing a payment that is too high if you are on the paying end.

Parents provide children with many things, including a home, clothing, food, basic necessities and emotional support. Providing these necessities is easier to achieve when both parents are living together, but in a divorce, the issue of who is responsible for what arises. Child support is an extremely sensitive issue in a divorce and requires expertise and compassionate legal support. By contacting a seasoned Alameda County child support lawyer, you can learn more about what to expect in a child support case, as well as what your legal options are.

Child Support Payment Obligations

If you are not the primary custodian of the children, it is highly likely that you will be required to pay child support. This can be a frightening prospect for individuals who have never paid child support before, and there is often the concern that you will be required by the court to pay more than you can afford. Many factors are taken into account when determining how much child support the noncustodial parent has to pay, including but not limited to:

  • The respective incomes of the custodial parent and noncustodial parent
  • The needs of the children
  • The ability of the custodial parent to provide for the children financially

Each parent must present the court with an income and expense declaration, which gives the court a very clear understanding of their financial situation. Using the income of each parent, child support is calculated using a formula that will come up with a guideline support amount. Our attorneys can assist you in gathering the materials you need.

Receiving Child Support

If you are the primary custodian of the children, you will likely be able to receive child support from the noncustodial parent. Child support is designed to be used to offset the costs of providing for the children’s basic needs, including food, clothing and education. How much child support you are provided each month depends on your income and the income of your ex-spouse, but it can be affected by other factors, such as a child’s special medical needs. Regardless of your own financial situation, it is important for each parent to contribute financially to their children. We will help you file for child support properly and can represent you in the event that litigation is necessary.

Contact Rodriguez Lagorio, LLP, For Assistance

At Rodriguez Lagorio, LLP, you will work with a child support lawyer who has the skills and experience necessary to assist you with your child support case. Whether you are paying or receiving child support, we will provide you with strong legal representation you can trust.

Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your case by calling our office in Fremont at 925-963-2709 or by sending us an email. Our goal is to provide you with the information and legal advice you need to be able to make informed decisions about all your family law matters that have the potential to significantly impact you and your loved ones.