Child Support Lawyers in Los Angeles
Assisting With All Issues Regarding Child Support
The experienced family law attorneys at TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, understand that child support is a major concern of many parents after the end of a relationship. Whether being asked to pay support or attempting to contest a support request, you should have a comprehensive idea of how the process works to understand the impact it may have on your case.
Learn more about the benefits of having a licensed attorney to represent your interests by contacting us.
Comprehensive Services for California Child Support Cases
In California, all parents owe a legal duty to their children to provide them with financial support. Child support is payable until a child reaches the age of 19, reaches the age of 18 and is no longer a full-time high school student, dies, marries, or becomes emancipated. The calculation of child support requires consideration of the statutory guidelines in the California Family Code.
There are several components that California courts consider when determining child support obligations, including:
- Father's gross monthly income
- Mother's gross monthly income
- How many children between the parties are involved
- Location of the children
- Amount of time a parent with visitation rights spends with their children
- Other income sources, including undeclared gifts or cash
- Child care and educational expenses
- Medical insurance premiums for the children
- Travel costs for visitation
While a formula primarily drives child support, it can still be a contentious issue in divorce, mainly when there are questions about the true income of the parties. The role of an attorney is to make sure that support is fair and based on accurate data. Our lawyers strive to make sure that the child support calculation reflects the complete picture of the parties' financial situations.
For example, we may need to determine the actual income of a spouse who is self-employed or paid in cash. We may work with a forensic accountant to help calculate the accurate income or uncover a source of income not reported to the court. We may need to calculate an average income if a spouse's income fluctuates seasonally or year to year.
If a parent was unemployed but is capable of working to earn money, it may be necessary to impute income to that parent based upon their ability to earn. The parent who claims that the other parent has the financial capacity to pay child support, but is “under-earning,” must demonstrate their true earning capacity. Such issues often require the use of expert testimony from a vocational evaluation expert.
Learn More About Your Child Support Case
When your legal rights are at stake, don’t wait to consult a professional Los Angeles child support attorney about your case. At TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, we are committed to promoting your legal rights and interests when it comes to child support. Once we have an accurate gauge of income and the other statutory factors of the child support calculation formula, our attorneys can give clients an honest assessment of the child support payment they can expect to pay or receive.