Child Support Orders in California
Child support is governed by the California Family Code. The payment is generally set using the state Child Support Guideline formula which takes into consideration each parent's income, withholdings, deductions, and the amount of time the child(ren) is in each parent's care. You and the other parent can agree to a "non-guideline" amount which can be established as a court order. If there is not an agreement, the San Bernardino or Riverside County commissioner or family court judge has the final say on the amount.
When a parent quits their job without a good reason, the court can "impute income" so that a child support order is calculated using the parent's previous income. The court also has the authority to "impute" an amount of income that the parent could be earning if they accepted jobs available to him/her.
The Law Office of Shelly Jean John can argue before a county commissioner or judge on your behalf. I can do this on a limited scope basis so that you are only paying me for the day in court. I am licensed to appear before all California superior courts, including Riverside County and San Bernardino County.
Changing Your Child
If your existing child support agreement is no longer suitable, you can seek to obtain a modification. Sometimes, to alter your current child support arrangement, there needs to have been a change of circumstances such as a change in the needs of the child, an increase in the income of one or both parents, or a job loss. However, you are allowed to increase your child support to the "guideline" amount without a change of circumstances if the amount you are receiving is lower than the Child Support Guideline formula.
At the Law Office of Shelly Jean John, I can discuss with you other situations that might qualify as changed circumstances and how your child support amount may be calculated. You can meet with me via video conference, or schedule a telephone consultation. In-person consultations in the Ontario or Riverside offices will be resuming shortly.
Child custody and support issues can be stressful and volatile. I can guide you through the process with compassion, respect, and competency. I have been helping families with child support issues for more than 20 years and am an experienced family law attorney. Together we will pursue the child support arrangement that’s right for you and your family. I’m passionate about families and can assist in all aspects of your case, including depositions, discovery requests, and replies, child support calculations, divorce, child custody issues, drafting or consulting regarding Settlement Agreements, drafting and enforcement of Judgments, Request for Orders, and other pleadings.