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For some parents, understanding their rights and responsibilities in child support matters is not easy. At Kearney Baker in Pasadena, California, we have successfully advised clients about child support issues for twenty years.
Whether you are divorcing, separating, or simply not together anymore, child support is of paramount importance. Our experienced family lawyers will help you make sense of California’s child support guidelines.
Support is payable until the child reaches 18 years of age. If he or she has not graduated from high school by that time, the child support continues until high school graduation, or until age 19 if the child is a full-time student living with a parent.
Child support calculations are based upon the net incomes of both parents and the amount of time that a child spends in each parent’s custody. The higher the net income, the higher the rate of child support. All income from all sources is factored into calculating the amount of child support.
Childcare expenses are divided between the parents on a more or less equal basis, and are considered additional child support. Both parents are required to provide medical insurance for minor children if the coverage is available at nominal cost or no cost at all, through their work or union affiliation. Medical expenses not covered by insurance, such as co-pays, are generally divided equally between the parents.
An experienced family law attorney can help a parent obtain an order for the appropriate amount of child support, and see that the order is enforced. We can also represent either parent in a child support modification proceeding, in case personal or financial circumstances change, or in proceedings to establish or disprove paternity.
The long-term well being of your children is at stake. Child support issues are of paramount concern. The assistance of an experienced lawyer is essential to the process. You can get that assistance from Kearney Baker.
We cannot start helping you with your desire to iron out a fair child support agreement until you contact us for an initial consultation. Phone, fax, e-mail, or submit our online consultation form today.