Child Support

Carlsbad Child Support Attorney

Helping Clients Secure Their Child's Financial Future

Divorce and separation are complex legal issues that can leave people feeling overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and financially exhausted. These processes are even more complicated when there are children involved. During a divorce, most couples agree to a child support arrangement to ensure that the children have the financial resources they need to live a healthy and safe life. Whether you are in the process of getting a divorce and need a new child support arrangement or assistance enforcing an existing one, the McKinnon Law Firm in Carlsbad team is here to protect your interests and find a positive resolution to your case. You should speak with an experienced child support attorney to know your rights. 

Call McKinnon Law Firm today at (760) 227-2476 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our child support attorney in Carlsbad!

What is Child Support?

Child support is a legal obligation that a noncustodial parent must fulfill for their child's financial well-being. In California, both parents are responsible for the financial support of their children, regardless of whether they are married, divorced, or separated. At McKinnon Law Firm, we recognize the importance of securing adequate financial support to meet the child's needs. Child support encompasses various expenses, including but not limited to:

  • Necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter.
  • Educational expenses, including school fees and supplies.
  • Healthcare and medical insurance.
  • Childcare costs for working parents.

How is Child Support Calculated in California?

Calculating child support in California involves a comprehensive evaluation of various factors. The state utilizes a formula known as the California Child Support Guideline to determine the appropriate amount of child support. This guideline takes into account factors such as:

  • Income of both parents.
  • Custody arrangement (percentage of time each parent spends with the child).
  • Tax deductions and credits.
  • Health insurance premiums.

Our Carlsbad child support lawyers at McKinnon Law Firm possess a deep understanding of these factors. They can help you navigate the complexities of the guidelines to ensure a fair and accurate child support calculation. We will work with you to gather financial information and present a compelling case representing your interests.

What Age Do You Stop Paying Child Support?

One common question that arises is at what age child support payments cease. In California, child support typically continues until the child reaches the age of 18. However, there are exceptions to this rule. If the child is still in high school and living with a parent, child support may continue until the child completes high school or turns 19, whichever comes first.

It's essential to understand the specifics of your case and the applicable laws to ensure compliance. McKinnon Law Firm is here to clarify this matter and guide you through the legal processes to determine when child support payments cease.

Contact Our Carlsbad Child Support Lawyer Today

Having a knowledgeable and compassionate legal team by your side is crucial in child support. At McKinnon Law Firm, our Carlsbad child support lawyers are committed to advocating for your rights and your child's best interests. We understand the challenges that can arise in these situations and are dedicated to providing you with the expert legal representation you deserve. 

Contact McKinnon Law Firm today to meet with our child support attorney in Carlsbad!

Family Law

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How is spousal support calculated?
    There is no specific formula or calculation to determine permanent spousal support. In awarding permanent spousal support, the Court will consider the respective incomes of the parties, the earning ability of the supported spouse, the standard of living during the marriage, as well as other factors set forth in Family Code Section 4320.
  • Do I have to pay child support if we have equal time with our children?

    It depends. In California, child support is calculated by a statewide guideline formula. The factors considered in this formula include the parties’ respective incomes, the timeshare of the children, health insurance deductions, required union dues and retirement, as well as other factors. If the parties have equal parenting time with the children, but one party earns more income, then the higher earning parent may have to pay child support. Whether a parent will have to pay child support and the amount depends on the particular circumstances in each case.
  • What is Family Court Services Mediation?
    Family Court Services Mediation is child recommending counseling imposed by the Court when custody issues cannot be resolved by the parents informally. Both parties are required to attend this mediation without their attorneys. A mediator who works for the Court will meet with both parties to assist them in reaching agreements regarding custody and a child sharing plan. If the parties cannot agree to custody and parenting during FCS mediation, then the mediator will issue a report to the Court making recommendations as to what the custody and parenting arrangement should be for the children.

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