When a child's parents are in the process of getting a divorce, there are many important issues they must address, one of which is child support. Child support is generally paid by the noncustodial parent and is meant to supplement the financial resources needed to raise the child. Thus, it is the child who ultimately benefits from the payment of child support.
While a divorce is pending, a California court may order temporary child support. The amount of temporary child support is determined by using a computer program. The program utilizes each party's income, along with the amount of time each parent has the child in their care each month, to calculate an amount that is fair to both parents. A permanent child support order will then be made part of the divorce decree.
However, child support can sometimes be a contentious issue. Sometimes, the paying parent believes they are paying too much. Other times, the receiving parent believes they are receiving too little, or the paying parent is not meeting their child support obligations at all. When this happens, it may be necessary to take legal action.
At our firm, we know that no two families are the same. Resolutions to child support issues must take into account each family's specific dynamics, and, ultimately, must serve the best interests of the child. If you have questions regarding your child support or custody case, you may find it helpful to visit the child support section of our website. Experienced legal guidance can be very helpful for those in these situations.