Child & Spousal Support

Child & Spousal Support

When it comes to support issues, it is important to have realistic expectations. The best way to do that is to speak to an attorney early and be prepared to answer various financial questions about you and the other party. It will benefit you to gather the supporting documentation discussed in the property division section. Specifically, tax returns and recent paystubs for both you and your spouse will be the most helpful when discussing support.

Child support

California uses a guideline child support calculation when determining child support, which means certain information is input into a program and the program outputs the recommended guideline child support.  To understand what your child support amount may be, you will want to have the above referenced income documents with you during your initial consultation. There are other factors that go into the calculation, and Kim can discuss those with you, but having those documents is a good place to start and will give you an idea of the child support amount.

Spousal support

Spousal support can be temporary or permanent. Temporary spousal support is ordered during the divorce process. The court uses the same support calculation program to calculate both child support and temporary spousal support. Permanent spousal support is ordered at the end of the case and becomes part of the judgment. When the court makes permanent spousal support orders, they are required to take into consideration all the factors outlined in Family Code Section 4320. These factors include, but are not limited to, length of marriage, age and health of the parties, marketable skills of the supported spouse, needs of each party based upon the marital standard of living, etc.

Contact Kim to discuss your case and learn more about how the law applies to your specific situation.