Modifying My Child Support Order

If it is one thing that the family courts know for sure: nothing is written in stone. As the years go by, children's needs change, jobs come and go, and ex-spouses move on with their lives and sometimes remarry and have more children.

After a judge signs off on a child support order, one or both parents may later want to change that order. To accomplish this, you have to show the court that there has been a significant change in circumstances since the last support order was entered. Continue reading

How is Child Support Calculated?

In California, both parents are considered to be equally responsible for supporting their children. But, the court is unable to enforce this obligation until it establishes an order of support.

If you are separating with your child's other parent, one of you must ask the court to make an order establishing paternity, and ask the court to make an order for child support. Continue reading

The Basics of Child Support

Once the child custody arrangements have been established, most parents’ next concern is how the support orders will shake out. Will I have to pay the majority each month? What happens if I lose my job? These questions are common and quite important when such a significant financial obligation is on the line. Continue reading