When two parents separate or divorce, they are both obligated to continue supporting their child. California takes child support very seriously, and so does the team at the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch. Child support should be fairly straightforward, but it is often the most contentious part of a separation. There can be disagreements over how much is paid, and there are times when one parent refuses to pay. Our Westlake Village child support attorneys are ready to help you through this today.
Child support basics for Westlake Village
Child support is not optional. California law mandates that both parents continue to support their child in the event of a separation or divorce. There is a formula put forth by the state that takes various factors into consideration when computing the amount a parent will pay.
The cost of raising a child can be tremendous. Consider the following expenses that parents must cover:
- Housing and utilities
- School tuition
- Medical expenses
- Unexpected costs
There are times when disputes occur over child support payments. At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we have experience handling the following:
- Ensuring both parents’ income is properly calculated
- Properly calculating the income of a self-employed parent
- Handling bonus pay and seasonal income
- The added costs of caring for a disabled child
- Disputes involving voluntarily unemployed parents
You can make modifications to child support
It is inevitable that the lives of one or both parents will change in the aftermath of a separation or divorce. When that happens, it may be necessary to petition the court to change child support amounts. If the paying parent gets a promotion, loses their job, loses a home, or some other income adjusting event, then the payments may need adjusting or temporarily halted. Please do not make an unofficial agreement with the other parent in these instances. Any changes to child support need to go through the California family court system.
Failing to pay child support
This state takes paying child support very seriously. Failing to pay can result in serious legal trouble for a non-compliant parent. This can include:
- Fines and jail time
- Accrual of debt (that could affect your credit score)
- Interest on any unpaid child support
- Liens on your property
Will spousal support change child support?
Spousal support, or alimony, will not affect child support payments in any way. Do not hesitate to pursue both if you think you are entitled to such support.
Let us help ensure you get fair treatment
If you are struggling with issues related to child support, you need to secure an attorney to help with your case. Divorce and separation are not easy, particularly for children. It is important that both parents continue to support their children, and we want to help. At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, our Westlake Village child support attorneys are going to handle all aspects of your case and ensure you are treated fairly. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling 818-237-4574.