Orange County Child Support Calculation Attorneys
or separating parents with children, securing an appropriate child support amount is of great importance. In most families, following separation, there is no increase in income, but there is an increase in expenses as a single household splits into two. This reduction in funds creates challenges in making certain that children's needs are met.
Despite the difficult financial circumstances, children need the stability that financial support can provide. Whether you are seeking or defending against a child support request, our law firm makes certain that the appropriate analysis of the parents' available funds or ability to earn is made, thus allowing for the greatest security for the children.
At the Law Offices of Lemkin, Barnes & Row, Inc., our Irvine child support attorneys are Certified Specialists in Family Law (certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California) with decades of experience in helping families and individuals achieve their goals in family law. Contact our firm today to schedule an appointment with attorney Curtis Barnes, attorney Cheryl Row or one of our other experienced Orange County, California, child support lawyers.
State Guidelines for Child Support Determination
Child support in California is controlled by state guidelines, which utilize a mandatory formula. Courts are now using computer programs to implement the complicated guideline; the most popular of such programs are DissoMaster and X-Spouse. In using these programs, factors such as the gross income of both parties and certain deductible expenses are entered into the formula to create a child support level.
Given the rigid nature of the guidelines, the primary influence exercised in calculating appropriate child support payments is in the determination of income. Our firm's extensive knowledge and experience in determining the true income substantially benefits our clients.
Enforcement of Child Support Orders
If you are not receiving the child support to which you have been court-ordered to receive, there are ways you may be able to enforce the child support order. Our firm can assist you in seeking the enforcement, which may include the garnishment of the other parent's wages or a contempt order that may put him or her in jail.