In California, child support payments are calculated according to guidelines established by the state. The guidelines consider each partner's income, earning potential and pre-existing financial obligations, as well as "time share" — how much time the child spends with each parent. At the Law Offices of John A. Guthrie, we can help you achieve a custody arrangement that makes sense, and then guide you through the process of obtaining a child support order.
Whatever Side You're On, We Can Help
At the Law Offices of John A. Guthrie, our divorce attorneys have nearly 25 years of family law experience. By helping families in Pleasanton and the surrounding area find solutions to their problems, we have earned the respect of our peers and countless referrals from other attorneys and former customers. Whether you believe you should receive child support, or are concerned that you will be asked to make child support payments you cannot afford, we are at your service.
We can help you determine guideline child support payments in your particular case, and will use our experience as mediators to help you resolve any differences. If both parties agree to the guideline amount, you will not have to go to court or appear before a judge. If both parties agree to a different amount (higher or lower) than the guideline, it may be possible for the courts to make an exception.
Child Support Enforcement And Post-Divorce Modifications
The state of California not only determines child support amounts: It also collects and distributes child support payments. Because it is responsible for enforcement, the state has significant resources to ensure payments are made, including garnishing wages or suspending driver's licenses. For this reason, it is a good idea to contact a qualified attorney before you fall behind in your payments.
At the Law Offices of John A. Guthrie, we can help you get a modification of your existing child support order if circumstances change due to illness, lack of employment or something similar. Likewise, if the partner paying support is now making more money, a modification to increase payments may be possible. We'll help you understand your options and seek tailored solutions to your particular problems.
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For a free initial consultation with our knowledgeable attorneys, contact us online or call 925-271-4342.
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