Divorce-related issues involving children are sometimes complex. Many California parents face their greatest battles when it comes time to sign child support agreements. The court, of course, has a child's best interests in mind when making such decisions; however, if parents don't agree, things can get quite messy.
Some parents try to overstate the need for child support as a way to gouge an ex spouse for money as an act of revenge. There are state guidelines, however, that help a judge determine a fair and agreeable amount. One of the factors most often considered is the income level of both parents.
How many children you have, your tax filing status and any travel expenses necessary to adhere to a visitation agreement are also pertinent issues that may influence the court's decision regarding child support. Once a court order is in effect, both parents must adhere to it, no matter what. If a change is needed at some point, the existing court order stands unless and until a modification is requested and granted.
No matter which parent you happen to be, the one requesting child support or the one being ordered to pay it, the Law Office of Edward S. Matisoff is fully equipped to act on your behalf in court. Especially if you're in a situation where you and your former spouse don't see eye to eye, having an experienced family law attorney by your side can be a great asset. You can call our California office if you'd like request a free consultation.