It is one thing to determine that a marriage is no longer sustainable, but quite another to discern whether or not your finances are in good enough shape to move on in life as a single parent. Most California parents can relate to children’s needs — whether physical, emotional or financial — being a top priority in their lives. When divorce is imminent, issues such as custody or child support often become central focus points of court proceedings.
Although it is you, the adult, who submits a petition in court to request child support, the money is not for you, even though you will be the one to receive payments. It is simply a financial provision being provided to help meet children’s needs by the parent who no longer lives with them. Such provisions can help provide funds beyond those needed for basic food, shelter and clothing.
Custodial parents may also apply court-ordered supplemental financial support to pay tuition, medical expenses or even costs associated with extra-curricular activities. If you lose your job, become ill or must relocate to an area that has a higher cost of living, it may be possible to submit a request for modification of your existing court order to ask for an increase in support for your children. Day-care costs, income, travel expenses involved in transferring custody, and the amount of time each parent spends with the kids on an average basis are factors the court considers before making child support decisions.
At the Law Office of Edward S. Matisoff, in California, you can seek guidance regarding all aspects of child support, custody, visitation or any other divorce-related issue. Free consultation is available to initiate discussion and request a review of your case. A strong support system is often the greatest asset a concerned parent can have when trying to resolve legal issues involving a co-parent.