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Child Support Attorney in Santa Clarita

Helping You Understand How the Process Works

In California, much like other states, child support is typically awarded to the custodial parent and paid by the non-custodial parent. The reason for this is that the court presumes that the parent who has the child in their physical custody is already spending money directly on child care and associated costs. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule and it’s important to remember that the court can also rule that both parents must pay child support.

Whether you are seeking child support or you believe that you have been ordered to pay an unjust amount, it’s wise to speak with a child support attorney in Santa Clarita who can help you understand your options. At the Law Offices of Mario Valencia, we strive to provide personalized legal services that are tailored to your unique situation. Our experienced Santa Clarita family law attorney is available to answer your questions and address your concerns, 24/7.

Find out how our firm can help you with your child support case when you call us at (661) 338-6455 or contact us online.

How Does the Court Decide How Much Child Support Will Be Paid?

When determining how much a parent will have to pay in child support, California courts refer to the state’s child support guidelines. The guidelines involve a mathematical formula that uses various factors to determine an exact dollar amount to be paid.

Some of the factors used to determine child support payments include:

  • The net disposable income of either parent
  • The existing child custody arrangement
  • Whether the child has special needs that require medical care
  • The general health insurance costs for the child
  • Whether either parent has other children that he/she supports
  • Any mandatory contributions either parent makes to their retirement
  • The job-related expenses of either parent
  • The tax liabilities of either parent
  • How many children there are that need child support

This list is not exhaustive and, in many cases, the court can deviate from the child custody guidelines if it sees fit. Other factors that might be considered can including anything from travel expenses for the child to education costs and more. Additionally, child support can change as the child’s needs change.

Contact the Law Offices of Mario Valencia for Compassionate Legal Counsel

At the Law Offices of Mario Valencia, we understand just how complicated and delicate issues like child support can be. When you are dealing with a complex divorce or have a custody case that needs legal attention, you will need every bit of support possible. That’s why we handle your case with the empathy and one-on-one attention it deserves. Our Santa Clarita child support lawyer works hard to obtain a full, clear picture of your specific circumstances. From there, we help you fight to protect your child’s best interests.

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