A divorce can split apart a couple, but it can also tear a family to pieces if they do not have the financial means to take care of themselves after the divorce. Child support is designed to help divorcing spouses provide for their children after a divorce. Support is usually paid to a non-custodial parent to the custodial parent but can also be used in join custody cases as well.
In California, child support refers to the amount a court can order a parent to pay each month for child rearing expenses. This sum is determined based on state-issued guidelines, which a child support lawyer can help you understand. Irrespective of the amount you receive, the case can also include paternity and divorce issues, making it more emotionally challenging than it already is.
The decision of the court regarding who should pay for child support is based on each parent’s income levels and the time they spend with the child. The parent who is charged with providing said support must do so until the child:
If the child is disabled, both parents will be charged with providing child support if the disability makes the child incapable of self-care.
If you are in search of a child support lawyer in Sacramento or any of the surrounding areas, the Law Offices of Steve Whitworth can help you. Contact us today by calling (916) 668-5970 to set up a FREE initial consultation.
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