Carlsbad Divorce Lawyer
Divorce & Legal Separation Representation in North County San Diego
The idea of any relationship ending is never easy, especially when that relationship is with your spouse. The reality is, however, that almost one in two marriages ends in divorce. Between legal separation and divorce, there is a need for compassionate and knowledgeable counsel and representation throughout Carlsbad and surrounding areas. At McKinnon Law Firm, our Carlsbad divorce and custody team of lawyers is here to make your legal separation as peaceful and hassle-free as possible. We understand how confusing and stressful the world of divorce law can be, so we approach every case with compassion, efficiency, and great attention to detail-giving you peace of mind.
Our Carlsbad divorce and custody lawyers represent clients throughout San Diego County, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Escondido, and Del Mar, who are facing the emotional and financial ramifications of divorce. We look at each case closely to help you decide complex matters such as property division, child custody and support, and spousal support. We have the knowledge and skills to help your case go as smoothly as possible, so you can move on from the past, and begin the next chapter in your life. Choosing to file for a divorce is a complex decision, but just know, we are here to protect your interests each step of the way.
Do you need a Carlsbad divorce attorney or custody lawyer to advocate for you during your divorce proceedings or legal separation from your spouse? Reach out to McKinnon Law Firm to schedule a consultation with a member of our team today.
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.