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We can help you reach the solutions to your conflict-related to such issues as:

  • Child Support and Visitation

  • Past due child support payments

  • Denial of visitation for a parent or grandparent

  • Modification of court orders

  • Job loss, unexpected expenses, or relocation

  • Child support modification after remarriage or relocation

  • Child Custody during relocation

  • Absent parent

  • Abusive relationship

  • Defense of allegation of abuse, abandonment, or neglect

  • Dependency proceedings

  • Allegations brought on by CPS Child Support Services and the investigation

  • CHILD SUPPORT MODIFICATIONS

  • CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES MODIFICATIONS

  • CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT

  • CHILD VISITATION ORDERS

Q: I have a case involving property. Is limited scope a good idea for me?

A: In deciding if you can hire a limited-scope lawyer for a case involving property and whether you will be able to handle the rest of the case on your own, consider:

  • What kinds of property do you have to divide:

    • Real property (land and buildings),

    • Personal property (furniture, appliances, etc.),

    • Employee benefits (pensions, 401(k) plans, IRA accounts),

    • Stocks and bonds,

    • Business interests, or

    • Other types of property.

  • Are there any special problems with any of these items or property?

  • Was any of the property inherited?

  • For each kinds of property, what witnesses or documentary evidence will be required to present your case, and what is the best way to develop it?

  • Do you suspect your spouse/partner of hiding assets? How do you propose to find them?

  • Is there a premarital agreement that impacts the division of property or support rights?

  • Is the date of separation in dispute?

  • Is there inherited property that has been invested in any part of the marital estate/community?

  • Is there a history of domestic violence?

If in thinking about these questions you realize there may be a lot of complications in your case, a limited-scope representation may not be right. But talk to a lawyer to make sure.

To estimate how much child support the judge may order in your case, go to California Guideline Child Support Calculator. To understand how to fill in the information in the Child Support Calculator, download the User Guide

Figuring out "income" to calculate child support

The court bases child support on a parent’s "net disposable income." This means the parent’s income after state and federal taxes and other required deductions. The court may order support based in part on bonuses, commissions, overtime, and other supplemental or non-wage income if the court determines that this income occurs regularly.

Certain income is NOT counted when determining a child support obligation. For example, the court cannot consider income from:

  • CalWORKs,

  • General Assistance/General Relief, or

  • SSI (Supplemental Security Income).

  • CHILD CUSTODY AND SUPPORT

  • CHILD CUSTODY AND MODIFICATION

  • CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT

  • PARENTAL KIDNAPPING

  • CHILD CUSTODY RELOCATIONS

  • CHILD CUSTODY MOVE AWAY

  • CHILD CUSTODY VISITATIONS

  • CHILD SUPPORT ESTABLISHMENTS

California has a statewide formula (called a "guideline") for figuring out how much child support should be paid.

If parents cannot agree on child support, the judge will decide the child support amount based on the guideline calculation.

The guideline calculation depends on:

  • How much money the parents earn or can earn;

  • How much other income each parent receives;

  • How many children these parents have together;

  • How much time each parent spends with their children (time-share);

  • The actual tax filing status of each parent;

  • Support of children from other relationships;

  • Health insurance expenses;

  • Mandatory union dues;

  • Mandatory retirement contributions;

  • The cost of sharing daycare and uninsured healthcare costs; and

  • Other factors.


Figuring out "time-share" to calculate child support

The court will calculate "time-share" (how much time each parent spends with the children) by comparing the amount of time that each parent has primary physical responsibility for the child. In general, this means that the court will count the numbers of hours or other portions of the day a parent spends with his or her child.

Usually, child support payments will decrease as time-share increases.

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