Scripps Ranch Child Support Lawyer
Child support is the payment of one parent to the other where the money is used for the purpose of raising children. Typically, the parent who takes care of the child (the custodial parent) is the recipient and the non-custodial parent is the one who makes the payment. Though, this is not necessarily the case. Talk to a Scripps Ranch Child Support Lawyer to get the full details.
Child support continues until the child is 18 years old, or when the child has become self-sufficient, whichever comes first. Support may go until 19 years of age if the child is still in high school and still lives at home. Child support can go beyond if there are special conditions, for example, if the child has a disability.
How Much is Child Support?
The amount of money a parent has to pay (or will receive) for child support is calculated by a formula. You can download a pdf which goes into detail as to how the dollar amount is calcualted. Or you can use this online tool to estimate how much you will need to pay. The value is based on:
• number of children you have,
• how much time each child spends with you,
• income of both parents,
• taxes both parents are responsible for,
• health insurance and medical needs of the child,
• amount of child support is being paid to other children outside of this marriage
• parent’s job related expense and other mandatory expenses,
• and other relevant information.
For the most part, once the child support amount is calculated, the judge will adhere to this dollar amount. There are some cases where the judge will adjust the amount higher or lower based on special circumstances.
Changing the Amount of Child Support
After some time has passed, a parent may ask for a Modification in Child Support. This usually comes about when life situations have changed and the calculated amount of child support does not reflect the current state of affairs. For example, one parent may spend less time with a child than initially set. Or, one parent may earn more (or less) than previously thought. Regardless of why you are asking for a modification in child support, be aware that the amount can go up or down. The judge considers all the new factors including those which you were not aware of.
To learn more, contact Scripps Ranch Child Support Lawyer Scott Levin, CDFA. He can help you calculate the expected child support payments. He can also advise you if you if a modification will be to your benefit or not. Contact Scott by Email or Phone: (858) 255-1321.