Speak to a Child Support Lawyer in Ukiah & Mendocino County
Divorce is often a contentious process, and the matter of child support can sometimes become adversarial. The attorneys at the Ukiah, Mendocino County, Ukiah Family Law help clients effectively negotiate a reasonable custody support agreement that protects their financial interests as well as the welfare of their children.
Child support is determined under California law and is based on the parents’ respective net spendable incomes as well as the percentage of time the child spends in each parent’s home. Primarily, courts want to protect the well-being of children while at the same time helping the parents maintain a certain standard of living.
PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS
It’s paramount that you have the financial security you require after a divorce whether you’re a working single parent or the primary caretaker. In making determinations, the court takes into consideration both parents’ incomes, the standard of living that was experienced at the time of the marriage, and the needs of the children. Our attorneys take the time to weigh your financial situation and work to maximize your child support or spousal support.
PAYING CHILD SUPPORT
If you believe that you will be responsible to pay child support or alimony (spousal support) following a divorce, you need professional advocacy to make sure you are not required to overpay and that you pay what is fair. At the Law Offices of Jim Sansone we will:
- Review and consider your income as well as your spouse’s income
- Ensure that judicious values are determined
- Work to lessen obligations so that you can preserve your financial security following a divorce
- Child support and spousal support require different standards. We will properly assess your needs and clearly present your case to the court.
MODIFYING AND ENFORCING SUPPORT DECREES
Even though parties have agreed to child support payments, circumstances can change and it may become necessary to change the original order. If you’re unable to pay and your circumstances require a modification in your obligations, we’re here to help. Some of these changes might include the following:
- Changed parenting plan
- Time sharing changes based on promotion or job loss
- Health issues
- Drug abuse, alcoholism or domestic violence
- Military service or deployment
COLLECTING CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS
Once child support payments have been established, collecting the payments is the next step. If your partner does not consistently provide the required payments, the Department of Child Support Services may become involved. They serve as a neutral third party and collection agency. The DCSS has the right to seize any of the following when a party is not making their child support payments: Bank Accounts, Tax Refunds, Driver’s License, Business License, and Passport.
Our attorneys successfully represent parents through the mediation process to arrive at equitable child support agreements while protecting parents’ rights in court when necessary. If you’re in need of modification or enforcement of an existing order, we’ll help you resolve those post-judgment matters. Contact us or call the Mendocino County Law Offices of Jim Sansone in Ukiah, California, at 707-542-5611 for a free confidential consultation.