Child support is the minimum legal financial requirement that is paid by one parent to the other for the support and maintenance of a child. California has a complex child support formula that considers many factors, and requires the expertise of a strong Irvine child support lawyer to navigate. The primary factors considered by the court in determining child support are the respective incomes of the parties and the periods of time that the child spends with each parent. Courts may also consider the earning ability of each parent in calculating an appropriate and fair child support order. Child support may be settled by written agreement or it may be determined by court order following a hearing.
Do you owe back child support, otherwise known as arrearages? Are you also receiving additional child support for day care and out of pocket medical costs? Have you lost your job? Take action now! If you are not receiving your court-ordered child support there are immediate remedies available to you. You can enforce the child support order and hold the non-paying parent accountable and receive the full support you are owed. Child support orders continue on even if you lose your income/employment until modified by a court order. An oral agreement regarding child support between parents may not be enforceable! The penalties are severe for nonpayment of child support orders, and you could find yourself without a driver’s license or even be arrested and sent to jail. You need an experienced Irvine child support lawyer to guide you through all of these issues and more.