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Will I Receive Child Support Following My California Divorce?

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Los Gatos child support lawyerThe divorce process can be incredibly stressful for parents. Even after your divorce is finalized, you may have questions about your ability to provide for your children, and ongoing financial concerns can cause a great deal of anxiety. If you are named as the custodial parent in your divorce case, you will want to plan for how you will be able to provide for your children’s needs. Fortunately, with the help of a knowledgeable family law professional, you can ensure that you will receive child support payments from your former spouse. 

How Is Child Support Established in California? 

In the state of California, child support agreements can be established through mediation or a court order. Child support payments are meant to cover various living expenses that the custodial parent will provide for their child. These expenses may include the costs of food, living arrangements, and clothing, and a non-custodial parent may also be required to provide additional child support to address expenses such as child care, health care, or other special needs for children. If you are the custodial parent, you will typically receive payments from the non-custodial parent, and the amount of these payments is calculated using a formula defined in California law. This formula will take into account each parent’s disposable income, the percentage of time the children spend with the non-custodial parent, and the number of children.

Why You Should Work With a Child Support Lawyer

To ensure that child support payments are calculated correctly, it is important to work with a knowledgeable family law attorney. If you are looking to establish an agreement through mediation, your attorney can assist you in preparing for the mediation process and educate you on your rights as a custodial parent. If your case needs to be resolved in court, your attorney can provide you with representation and ensure that all relevant factors are taken into account when establishing child support payments.

After child support has been established, you may encounter problems if your former spouse fails to make payments on time or in full. If you are having difficulty receiving the payments that will allow you to meet your children’s needs, your attorney can help you take legal action to enforce your child support order.

Contact a Los Gatos, CA Child Support Attorney 

While separating from a spouse comes with emotional challenges, it can also cause financial difficulties, especially if you will be responsible for caring for your children as a single parent. Attorney Benita Ventresca can help you understand your rights regarding child support, and she will work with you to ensure that all factors are considered when calculating the amount of payments in your case. If necessary, she can help you take action to ensure that your ex-spouse meets their child support obligations. To schedule a free initial consultation with our knowledgeable Los Gatos divorce attorney, call us today at 408-395-8822. 

Sources:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=FAM&division=9.&title=&part=2.&chapter=2.&article=2.

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=FAM&division=17.&title=&part=&chapter=1.&article=2.

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