Carlsbad Child Support Lawyers
If you are divorcing with children or involved in a paternity case, it is critical to understand how California child support is determined and the absolute nature of this obligation once orders are entered. At Burke & Domercq, LLP, a knowledgeable Carlsbad child support attorney will consider the facts of your case and help you strategize and plan accordingly.
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Simply stated, monetary support orders for children are driven by facts and numbers. Deviations from the formula that takes into account both parents’ incomes and expenses, the amount of time children spend with each parent and certain other factors are rare but possible under certain circumstances. We assist our clients in:
- Ensuring these support orders are based on accurate information from both parties — which sometimes requires research and investigation to expose hidden income or other unique considerations
- Developing other divorce strategies based on a clear picture of the likely child support order, in full view of tax consequences and other factors
- Resolving child related support issues that arise in paternity cases
- Petitioning for or defending against modifications of child support sought due to substantial changes in either party’s circumstances or the child’s needs
We are often asked if one must use the California guidelines when calculating support for children after a divorce. There are valid reasons for what is known legally as a “deviation” from guideline support. The Court will require very specific and detailed reasoning and supporting documentation. The experienced Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq LLP work with our clients to evaluate their unique scenario to determine the best possible strategy.
It may be possible to offset guideline support with other income or a shift in the division of community property or other assets.
Post Decree Child Support Modifications
While child support modifications are the most common post-divorce actions, it is important to recognize that spousal support is also modifiable when justified. We also represent clients who want to modify custody or visitation orders because they suspect domestic violence or substance abuse, and when other circumstances are preventing children from thriving.
Divorcing With Children? Do You Need A Skilled North County San Diego Child Support Modification Attorney?
Our attorneys have decades of experience advocating for parents’ and children’s best interests. We are financially savvy and widely respected in area courts and by our peers in the legal profession. For counsel you can trust on child support and other matters, please contact our firm or call (760) 712-3741 at your earliest convenience.