What is Child Support?

In general, in the state of California, child support is payments that are made to a custodial parent by the non-custodial parent. The purpose of child support is to ensure that the child has the financial resources necessary to live a healthy and normal life. This includes things like food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare.

There are many factors that go into calculating how much child support should be paid. Some of these factors include:

  • The income of both parents
  • The number of children being supported
  • The percentage of time each parent spends with the child
  • The cost of childcare and healthcare expenses

If you need legal assistance in calculating child support or in any other family law matter, please contact our law firm. We are here to help.

When Does Child Support Begin After Divorce?

In California, child support payments usually begin on the first day of the month following the month in which the divorce is finalized. This means that if your divorce is finalized in January, you will start making child support payments in February.

There are a few exceptions to this rule, however. If the non-custodial parent is ordered to pay back child support arrears (that is, past due payments), then child support payments will not begin until those late payments have been paid in full.

Additionally, if the custodial parent agrees to let the non-custodial parent skip one or more months of payments, child support payments may be delayed until the custodial parent agrees to start receiving them again.

If you have any questions about when your child support payments will begin, or if you need assistance in calculating child support, please contact our law firm as soon as possible.

What If I Need a Modification on My Child Support?

It is important to note that the child support amount that is initially ordered may not be the same amount that is paid forever. If there is a significant change in circumstances, either parent can request a modification of the child support order.

  • A significant change in circumstances could include things like:
  • The loss of a job
  • An increase in income
  • A change in custody arrangements
  • A change in the needs of the child (for example, if the child develops a medical condition that requires expensive treatment)

If you need assistance with modifying your child support order, reach out to our law office today.

Should I Hire a Child Support Lawyer?

If you have questions about child support in California, or if you need assistance with any other family law matter, it is always a good idea to speak with an experienced lawyer.

At our law firm, we have helped many fathers with child support issues, and we can help you too. We understand the laws governing child support in California, and we can help ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. Reach out to our fathers’ rights law office today to get the support you need by calling (951) 482-7517.