Like all good parents in California, you love your children and want what is best for them. You also knew when you filed for divorce that you'd have to negotiate a co-parenting plan as you and your spouse prepare to go your separate ways. You may have become a bit anxious when you realized that the two of you disagree about child support.
The judge overseeing your case has the final say on all child-related issues in your divorce. If you're unable to achieve an amicable agreement, you can seek the court's intervention and the judge will make the decision for you. In terms of financial care, the court typically takes certain factors under consideration before handing down a ruling.
The income of both parents is always a main factor of consideration. If you happen to be a parent who sacrificed a career to stay home full-time and raise your children and you are going to have physical custody of your kids when you divorce, it is highly likely that the court will order your co-parent to pay child support. Other issues, such as how much time each of you typically spends with your kids, what your tax filing status is and how many children you have may also influence the court's decision.
Once a California judge orders child support, both parents must adhere to the terms of the order. If your ex refuses to cooperate or you are facing some other co-parenting problem post-divorce, you can reach out for legal support at any time. The Law Office of Edward S. Matisoff is fully prepared to act on your behalf to protect your parental rights and the best interests of your children.