The purpose of child support is not necessarily to help one parent make ends meet but rather to ensure the children they care for are happy and healthy after their parents’ divorce. If you need help calculating a fair amount of child support, either as the parent paying it or receiving it, you can rely on Gill Law Group, PC and our Orange County child support lawyers. Our team has decades of collective legal and litigation experience, and we are proud to say we are highly rated by past clients.
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You might have your reasons to believe you are not being offered enough child support. On the other hand, you could feel like you are giving too much child support each month and now are on the verge of financial hardship. The same thoughts could be crossing the mind of your ex-spouse as well. With so much hanging in the balance, it is not a surprise to learn that child support often leads to conflict and needs courtroom intervention to solve.
If the court needs to calculate and decide your child support, it will consider:
There is a fairly standardized formula for calculating child support but it is not concrete. Differences and variables in each case will alter how the court ultimately comes to its decision. You should always work with an attorney to get a better idea of what you might be paying or receiving.
There is technically no need to have to rely on the court to settle your child support dispute. If you and your ex-spouse can both agree on a child support amount, you can put it into writing with the help of your attorneys. At your court date, you can bring the agreement to the judge for a brief review. As long as it does not seem outrageous – such as one parent giving 90% of their income to the other – it should be approved and the whole process will be expedited.