Child Support

Santa Clarita Child Support Attorney

Need a fair court order for support? Cutter & Lax can help!

If you are pursuing a divorce with children involved, you must keep their best interest in mind. This is exactly what the family law court will do and it has a strong impact on the outcome of your case. If you have been granted custody of your child, it is vital that you obtain adequate support from the other parent by obtaining a court order for child support. Such an order will require the other parent to make monthly payments in support of your child or children's food, clothing, health, and education.

On the other hand, the other parent in your case may be attempting to obtain an unfair amount of compensation from you. It is true that your child deserves equal support from both parents, but you should not be extorted for an unjust amount of financial support. Whether you need support or need to fight for a fair court order, contact the offices of Cutter & Lax. Each Santa Clarita divorce lawyer with our firm invests themselves in each client's case and will ensure that you receive the support order that is most beneficial to your child, as well as yourself. We stand for justice and are prepared to fight on your behalf.

Calculating Child Support Payment for Santa Clarita Families

One of the most commonly asked questions when facing issues involving child support relates to how much an individual will receive and/or how much they will be asked to pay. While there is no clear-cut answer, there is a specific guideline which is used as a formula by California courts when determining how much child support should be paid in any given case. This, however, is only used in cases where the parents are unable to come to a mutual agreement about how much is an acceptable amount to be paid.

Child support calculations are based upon the following:

  • Current or potential income of the parents;
  • How many children the parents have together;
  • How much time each parent spends with the child(ren);
  • Each parent's actual tax filing status;
  • Whether or not the child(ren) receive additional support;
  • Expenses of the current health insurance;
  • Mandatory union dues each parent must pay;
  • How much it will cost for daycare or uninsured healthcare; and
  • Contributions each parent makes for mandatory retirement.

Child support is not only for food and lodging, but will also need to cover costs for child care, the costs of traveling from one parent to another, as well as educational or special needs. If you are filing for divorce, or have already been served with papers, it is highly encouraged that you get the involvement of a lawyer from our firm as soon as possible so that we can help you in asking for a child support order.

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As a seasoned family law firm with more than 30 years of experience, the team at Cutter & Lax can provide capable divorce counsel and representation for clients in Santa Clarita and across Los Angeles County. Attorney Matthew Lax has also earned board certification in family law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. We have a genuine concern for every one of our clients and the outcome of their case, and we will not stop fighting in defense of your rights. We can work with you if you're trying to come up with an agreement out of court, as well as represent your best interests within the courtroom. Regardless of your specific circumstances, you can trust that we will work tirelessly to ensure that a fair court agreement is sought on your behalf. Contact us today by calling our firm or by completing our online case evaluation.

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