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The Importance of Securing Child Support in California

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When a couple decides to get a divorce, the entire family will experience the ramifications of their decision. For parents, issues surrounding child custody and child support are at the forefront of all decisions. In the state of California, if one parent is awarded the majority of parental responsibilities, including physical custody, he or she likely will be entitled to significant child support. As you navigate the divorce process, it is critically important to have a skilled attorney by your side to protect your rights. 

Establishing Proper Child Support Payments 

In the state of California, child support payment totals are calculated by combining the income of both parents and asking the non-custodial parent to pay his or her fair share of compensation for childcare. In order to accurately calculate a fair number, California courts will also consider the quality of life the child had prior to the separation, the child’s physical and emotional health, and the overall financial needs of the child and the primary custodial parent. When it comes to issues as critical as child support, you need the support of an experienced legal professional. A skilled attorney can help present all relevant criteria to the California court system and ensure that you receive the financial support you need from your former spouse. 

What If My Spouse Is Not Paying Child Support?  

After being awarded child support, parents should be able to take comfort in the fact that they will be financially compensated for childcare. Unfortunately, many people do not receive the payments they are entitled to. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 44 percent of custodial parents receive all the child support they are entitled to from the non-custodial parent. If the other parent consistently fails to make payments, you and your attorney can request that a judge holds the other parent in contempt for failing to make payments. In the vast majority of cases, the judge will order the parent to pay the owed amount by a certain date. It should be noted that in some cases the delinquent payments must be paid with interest. If the non-custodial parent fails to make the payments, he or she could potentially face jail time. 

Contact a Los Gatos, CA Child Support Attorney 

A divorce involves many issues, especially when children are involved. Whether you need to establish a child support order or secure owed payments from a former spouse, you need quality legal representation. Attorney Benita Ventresca is dedicated to helping parents throughout their divorce proceedings to ensure their rights are protected. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Los Gatos, CA family law attorney, call us today at 408-395-8822. We service clients in the Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Cupertino, and San Jose areas.




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