Riverside Child Support Lawyer
Under California law, every child has the right to receive financial support from both of his or her parents. This is true even in situations where one parent has no physical contact with the child. Despite this basic rule, however, many complicated legal situations can arise related to child support in Riverside, CA.
If you are seeking support for your child or are concerned about what your support obligation is likely to be, it is prudent to get help from an experienced Riverside child support attorney. A lawyer at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP can help to get support orders modified in cases where an existing court order is no longer mandating an appropriate support payment.
The Laws on Child Support in Riverside
To ensure every child has adequate support, there is a standard formula used in California to determine how much a parent will be required to pay. The California Department of Child Support Services has a calculator that parents can use to estimate a support obligation under the standard formula. This calculator takes into account:
- The income of each parent
- Required expenses including support obligations for other children; mandated contributions to a retirement plan; housing and insurance costs
- The number of children
- The special needs of each child
- The amount of time that each parent is to spend with the child
It is important to understand what amount of support would be appropriate based on this standard form calculator, as this information can be helpful when negotiating a support agreement.
How a Riverside Child Support Attorney Can Help
Using the calculator to assess a support obligation can give you an idea of where you stand, but you also need a knowledgeable Riverside child support attorney to help you protect your rights. Your attorney can help you:
- Go to court to get an order mandating the other parent pay support. With a court order, child support money is usually withdrawn automatically from the paying parent’s payroll. A parent who refuses to pay court-ordered child support can also lose his or her driver’s license and professional licenses and can face other penalties, including jail time.
- Negotiate a support agreement (either as part of a larger custody/divorce agreement or a standalone agreement)
- Convince the court that deviation from the standard child support formula is appropriate given the special circumstances of your situation
- Help you to petition the court for changes to an existing support order if your situation has changed
At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, our experienced Riverside child support lawyers have helped clients with these and many other issues. We can put our legal experience to work to ensure that you get a fair support order that makes sense for your family’s situation.
Child support is an important issue and you need to ensure you have a knowledgeable and experienced legal advocate protecting your child’s interests, protecting your finances and making sure your legal rights are respected. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.