Child Support Attorneys in Los Angeles
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All family law matters regarding your children are important to you, including child support. It is important for these decisions to serve the best interests of the child in question and, to ensure your child support order is what is best for your child, you will need an experienced child support attorney to provide knowledgeable legal support and advice. At Chung & Ignacio, LLP in Los Angeles, our child support attorneys are familiar with the complexities involved in such cases and are committed to helping our clients smoothly navigate them.
With over 50 years of combined experience on our side, you know you can believe in our team’s ability to represent you and provide personalized solutions.
How Does a Judge Determine Child Support?
There are numerous factors that come into play when a judge establishes child support in a case. Moreover, child support is calculated based on the income of the parent’s expenses and income.
Of course, no two cases are identical to one another, so some factors will vary. That said, the following factors are usually part of any judge’s decision-making process:
- The needs of the custodial parent and how much income he or she earns
- The needs of the child, such as day care, health insurance, and education
- The paying parent’s capability to pay
- The child’s standard of living prior to his or her parent’s divorce
A judge will also likely require you and your former spouse to fill out a financial statement in order to provide a more accurate picture of your financial situations prior to rendering a decision regarding child support. In your respective financial statements, you will each have to disclose your monthly expenses and income.
Although courts generally prefer to maintain the child’s standard of living, they are also aware that this can be difficult, especially since it means the paying parent will essentially have to maintain multiple households. A judge will only try to maintain a child’s standard of living if it will not impose serious hardships on the paying parent’s ability to also support his or her own household.
You should also keep in mind that if you can no longer continue to make the payments that were originally ordered, you can request a modification. However, your request will likely only be considered if you experienced a substantial change in circumstances.
At Chung & Ignacio, LLP, our Los Angeles child support attorneys are committed to assisting clients obtain fair child support judgments that are in the best interests of their children. Whether you are the paying parent or the recipient, you can rely on our knowledge and experience to achieve your goals. Our team has over 50 years of collective experience in the field and a reputation for success.