Child Support

The California court system uses child support guidelines to determine the amount of child support payments. These child support guidelines are generally strict and enforced. However, the guidelines are not simply a child support calculator. It is possible to vary from the guidelines — provided certain conditions are met and both parties are in agreement.

The Law Office of Karen H. Beckman represents divorcing parents who are concerned about child support payments. Parents on both sides of the issue — the noncustodial and the custodial parent — can be concerned about the amount. No matter the side you are on, the firm strives to obtain a favorable outcome in every case.

Would you like to speak with a lawyer about child support payments and guidelines? To schedule an appointment, please call us in Tustin at 714-730-9771 or contact the firm online.

Determining The Amount Of Child Support

While it is possible to deviate from the support payments determined by the guidelines, the guidelines are used as a starting point. Exceptions are made in the best interest of the children. There are several factors that are used in the formula to determine the amount of support, including:

  • Parents' incomes
  • Number of children
  • Time of physical custody of children
  • Tax deductions
  • Health insurance premiums
  • Special medical needs of children
  • Educational needs of children
  • Travel expenses for visitation

It is important to remember that child support payments are meant to provide for the needs of the children. In issues of children and divorce, it may be tempting for some parties to use the children as bargaining tools. The child support guidelines ensure each party's primary obligation is to the children involved in the divorce.

Changing Child Support Later On

In addition to helping clients during the divorce process, the firm represents clients who are facing post-decree issues and need to help with a child support modification. Attorney Beckman also helps clients enforce child support payment orders.

Speak With A Lawyer About Your Family's Matter

Please call our office in Orange County at 714-730-9771 to schedule a consultation. You may also contact the firm online.