California parents, whether married or unmarried, are obligated to provide financial support for their minor children.
This support is not an option and cannot be withheld by either parent based on disputes between them over such matters as visitation. According to the Family Code guidelines concerning child support in the state, each parent should pay support according to his or her ability, circumstances, and station in life. Courts will take into consideration the parent's actual income and how much responsibility he or she takes for the child, such as primary physical custody. In cases where both parents have custody and two homes have been established, this fact will be taken into consideration in establishing child support payments.
If you are involved in a child support dispute, need help establishing, obtaining, or enforcing child support payments, or need to establish or disprove paternity in a child support matter, you should consult with a qualified attorney. At the Law Office of Brett A. Berman, APC, you can discuss your situation with a Los Angeles divorce attorney who has the experience you need to resolve the matter. Our firm focuses on divorce and family law, is familiar with the local court systems and personnel, and can provide efficient and caring legal service in this matter.
In California, a formula for calculating child support payments has been established state-wide. This formula takes into consideration each parent's income, other or additional income they may receive, the number of children involved, how much time each parent spends with children, health care and day care expenses, and other significant factors. Once child support payments have been established, they can only be changed by petitioning the court, based on significant changes in the income of one or both of the parents, custody, or visitation changes.
Child support payments are enforceable through the courts. Those who refuse to pay support may be subject to contempt orders, resulting in fines, jail time, or other penalties.
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