At the Sacramento Law Office of Bowman and Associates, APC., we help minimize the emotion and worry many parents have about child support agreements and orders. We help our clients understand the reasons behind the child support laws, and how courts try their best to be equitable.
We know that child support levels affect both parties’ finances. We make sure your child’s best interests are the focus of child support determinations.
Child support in California is most often determined by application of California child support guidelines that take into account the amount of time that a child will spend with each parent and each parent’s income or earning capacity. However, the court can deviate from these guidelines when special circumstances arise. We help our clients understand these special circumstances and other child support challenges. California has guidelines that determine child support. The child support guidelines software program uses a mathematical equation that considers both parents’ income and factors like visitation.
If you are concerned about child support issues in your pending divorce, or if you need to modify your current support levels, contact an experienced Sacramento Child Support Lawyer at The Law Offices of Bowman and Associates, APC. We understand that divorce often means financial concerns for both parties. We’ll help you through it, one step at a time, and every step of the way.
We assist clients with the following legal issues:
- Child support calculations
- Income imputation issues
- Work effort orders
- Employment evaluations
- Income determination
- Child support modification
Child support is usually paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent to contribute to the cost of upbringing of the child or children. The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child resides the majority of the time. If the child resides an equal amount of time with each parent, the parent with the lower income may still be entitled to child support.
The obligation to support minor children cannot be waived by either parent and is a right enjoyed by the child, not the parent. California law has child support guidelines that determine the amount of child support based on various factors such as the amount of time spent with the child, the after-tax income of both parents, and deductions from income. The guidelines aim to serve the best interests of the child.
The state guidelines, while very strict, do consider factors which affect your net disposable income, such as the following:
- Is there a hardship?
- Should the court deduct for child support paid on other children?
- How much timeshare does each parent have?
- Should there be a deduction for union dues or retirement?
- Are there job-related expenses?
The court may or may not grant such deductions in calculating a guideline child support obligation. Our Sacramento Child Support Lawyers are experienced at creating persuasive presentations of the facts in pursuit of having the court grant such deductions.
Our Sacramento child support attorneys work with our clients to see that all factors are accurately represented in the calculations, all income is correctly identified, and any special needs of the child are taken into consideration. When helping a client negotiate a divorce agreement, we explain the tax implications of various custody and support arrangements and work for the most beneficial terms for our client.
Sometimes, after a divorce has been finalized and child support arrangements have been determined, it may become necessary to reevaluate the original order. If significant changes in the circumstances of one or both parents occur, we represent parents in modifications of existing child support arrangements.
The experienced attorneys of Bowman & Associates help clients across California from our offices in Sacramento and Folsom. If you or someone you know has legal questions regarding child support payments, negotiations, modifications and more, contact our skilled family lawyers for a free case evaluation. We have helped thousands of parents and we can help you.
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