Stockton Child Support Attorneys
Experienced Child Support Attorney Gurjit Srai Helping You Through This Difficult Time
Child support is awarded to ensure that parents contribute to the financial support of their children. There are many requirements and qualifications to child support, as well as a number of exceptions. Divorce and related child support issues can be intimidating and stressful. You need to hire a Stockton child support attorney with experienced and legal skills to minimize this process.
At the Srai Law Office, our legal team works hard to reduce your stress. We will handle your child support issues with skill and compassion. We use our experience dealing with child support and visitation issues to quickly resolve your child support matter so you can move on with your life. Contact our office for more information or to learn how we can help you achieve your goals.
Experienced Child Support Attorneys With the Best Interests of Your Children at Heart
The child support legal team at the Srai Law Office understands California’s child support laws. We are also knowledgeable about the factors of these laws and how they can affect the ultimate amount of child support. We will assist you with your case.
Our attorneys will educate you on the law and how the requirements may impact your case. Whether you are paying or receiving child support, we can help you receive the best possible outcome so that child support laws can work for you and your children.
Reasons Why You Need the Best Child Support Lawyer
Child support in California is structured around legal guidelines mainly centered on income and the time each parent spends with the child. However, complications can occur when considerations such as mortgage payments, childcare, and healthcare are taken into account.
Gurjit Srai is an experienced family law attorney who researches the facts of each of his clients’ cases. He uses this information as the foundation of a well-thought-out child support plan that allows each parent and their children to move on with their lives. The bottom line is, that we can help you provide for your children financially while protecting your future after your divorce is finalized.
Child Support Laws In California
Child support in California is determined by the California Family Code Section 4055 – Statewide Uniform Guidelines for Determining Child Support. The formula provided under this code section takes into account different factors when determining child support, including:
- Gross income
- Payroll deductions
- Child support to children from previous marriages
- Value of a closely held business
- Value of a high asset estate
Calculating Child Support in California
California law follows a “guideline” when it comes to calculating how much child support should be paid. If the parents are not able to agree on child support, the judge will determine how much child should be awarded based on the guideline calculation.
The California guideline calculation depends on the following factors:
- How much money the parents earn or can earn;
- How much other income each parent receives;
- How many children these parents have together;
- How much time each parent spends with their children (time-share);
- The actual tax filing status of each parent;
- Support of children from other relationships;
- Health insurance expenses;
- Mandatory union dues;
- Mandatory retirement contributions;
- The cost of sharing daycare and uninsured health-care costs.
The court may also order parents to share the costs for:
- Child care to allow the parent to work or to get training or schooling for work skills;
- Children’s reasonable health-care expenses;
- Traveling for visitation from 1 parent to another;
- Children’s educational needs; and
- Other special needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Child Support
When you are dealing with a child support matter, we know that you may have many questions. It is always important to speak directly with a child support attorney in Stockton about your case.
However, we understand that you may need quick answers to certain questions. Although the legal team at the Srai Law Office is available to answer your questions anytime, below are basic answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:
How is child support determined?
Courts typically try to keep a child’s pre-divorce standard of living when calculating child support payments. Each parent files reports that specify income and expenses. A judge then considers each parent’s ability to pay in determining child support amounts.
In California, mothers who earn more than fathers may be required to pay child support. An experienced Stockton child support lawyer can make sure the judge has all the information to make an informed decision.
How is child support enforced?
If a parent falls behind in child support payments, court action is required to force the parent to pay. In these cases, a judge may order the delinquent parent’s wages to be garnished. The judge can even suspend the parent’s driver’s license. Interest and other penalties in the case of non-payment can significantly increase a monthly child support bill.
What happens if my income changes?
A child support agreement may be changed by court order if either parent’s income changes or if other circumstances justify it. Generally, a simple change in income is not enough to change an agreement. The judge will need to evaluate the overall child support situation to decide if a change to the agreement is necessary. Your Stockton child support attorney will make sure that the right steps are taken to properly change the agreement.
Can I speak to an attorney over the phone and ask specific questions about my case?
Yes. You can call us at (209) 323-5558 to speak with Attorney Gurjit Srai. He will answer your phone questions.
Contact an Experienced Child Custody & Visitation Attorney
Family law issues, especially those involving child support, can be complicated in California. An experienced family law attorney in Stockton can make sure that your legal rights, especially those involving child support, are well protected. The legal team at the Srai Law Office knows that family law issues can take a big toll on your life and the lives of your children. We know that no two cases are the same. We will provide you with options tailored to the specific facts of your case.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our family law attorneys, please call us at (209) 323-5558, or complete our online form.