California Child Support Help for Men
Summary: California child support laws dictate how much
child support will be paid to the custodial parent. Child support
laws in California are similar to those in other states,
however each state has its quirks, and California child
support laws are no exception. One thing which California has in common with all other states is that they do not take lightly
failure to pay child support once there is a court order, so if you
are having problems with paying your support, it is critical that you
contact a qualified California child support attorney to
help you get your payments reduced.
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Child support is one of the most contentious issues in family law, and
California child support issues are no exception.
When dealing with California child support, it is best if
you have a good California child support attorney to help
you. But there are also some things which you can and need to know right up front about child support in California, and the California child support laws.
While many people don't realize it, most state child
support laws are fairly fixed, and don't take into account such
things as what your or your ex's actual child-related expenses are.
The child support laws of most states look at only a few factors, and
you may find that your California child support award takes
into account only:
How much you earn
How much your ex earns
How many children you have; and
What percentage of time the children are under each parent's care
Sometimes, although not often, a court will consider expenses which it
may consider extraordinary, however that is the exception, not the
rule. In most states, for example, the cost of dancing lessons,
sports lessons, or other discretionary extracurricular activities,
will not be taken into account when awarding child support.
Nor does the court usually really care how much rent you pay, how much
your mortgage is, or what your other living expenses are. They
really only care about income, number of children, and the time the
children are with each parent. This often confuses people who live in
states which require the parents to fill out lengthy and complicated
income and expense forms. Why do they want to know your expenses if
they aren't going to take them into account? It's a good question,
and often it is a holdover from days when they did things
differently, but you still have to fill them out.
Some exceptions to the above rule include the cost of child care if it
is required during the custodial parent's work hours, or while they
are going to school in an effort to create better job opportunities
for themselves. In those situations, the non-custodial parent will
often be ordered to pay part or all of that child care expense. The
same will often hold true for medical expenses which are not covered
by insurance, and if the children are not insured through the
custodial parent's employment, the noncustodial parent may also be
ordered to pay for medical insurance for the children.
Whether any of these exceptions will apply in your California family law matter will depend on various factors, and you should
consult a qualified California lawyer to determine what
your options and rights are. If you need to find a California child support lawyer, you can consult our
Find a California Lawyer page.
Fights over money, especially with respect to child support, lead to some of the most damaging family law cases of all - and such battles are particularly damaging to the children. In the end, it's just money. Try to remember that as you weigh what is most important to you - money, or your children's well-being, and your relationship with your children. Think about it in these terms: how much would you pay to someone to see your children happy? That is the flip side of a child support fight: how much are you willing to damage your children by exposing them to their parents fighting over who will pay how much for them?
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