A divorce is not only difficult for the two spouse involved, but also the children they share. It can be an emotionally charged time that negatively impacts the entire family. Divorce can raise financial concerns. When parents are married, making sure their children are financially taken care of is relatively easy. However, when they get divorced, finances can become more complicated.
Under California law, both parents are responsible for financially taking care of any children they share. As such, one of the most important part of a divorce proceeding is generally child support. An experienced Central Valley divorce attorney can help make the process less complicated and fairer for both the parents and the children.
Calculating Child Support
Many different factors must be considered when calculating child support payments. One such factor is the income earned by both parents. Unfortunately, some parents try to reduce their monthly or yearly income after getting a divorce in order to reduce their child support obligations. They do this in an attempt to punish the other parent. However, what they don’t understand is that the person whom it hurts most is the child for whom the support is intended.
In California, when a parent’s income drastically changes after divorce or legal separation, courts have the authority to impute income to the parent to make sure that child support is properly calculated.
Who Pays Child Support?
Child support helps ensure that a child receives all necessary care and financial support after his or her parents are divorced. California law mandates parents to equally provide for their children. However, in most cases, child support arrangements generally require only one parent to pay. The reason for this one-sided arrangement is to allow fairness.
In most cases, child support is paid to the parent with whom the child lives the most (known as the custodial parent). It is assumed that the custodial parent is already paying for most of the child’s needs. Since the non-custodial parent is not spending as much on their child’s everyday needs, the child support helps to level the playing field.
If both parents have equal custody and share fairly equal financial needs of the child, the family court will likely require child support payments to the parent who earns less money.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Child Support Attorney
If you are going through a divorce or planning to file for divorce, it is important that you have a knowledgeable attorney fighting for your rights. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a Central Valley child support attorney, please call Gurjit Srai (209) 323-5558 or (559) 449-1447, or complete our online form.