Santa Cruz Family Law Attorney

Child Support

During a divorce many hard decisions must be made, but child support is one that the courts will resolve for you. The right to receive child support actually belongs to your child so the courts will use an equation to set the amount to be paid monthly. Although child support is an issue for the court to resolve you may have issues that relate to child support later on.

If you are having a problem with the other parent not paying child support you need to contact the District Attorney’s office. This is a matter enforced by the criminal justice system and you do not need an attorney to file a civil action.

If you are having a hard time paying child support the last thing you should do is just ignore the problem and not pay. You may qualify for a temporary reduction of child support if you are faced with financial difficulty. I can help you find out if you are eligible for this relief and help you avoid the criminal consequences of failing to pay for child support.

The amount of child support you pay may have been correct at the time of your divorce but circumstances may have changed and the child support may need to be updated. Income and other numbers used in the equation can change over time and if they have you could be paying more than you need to.

Although child support is generally resolved by the court there may be times when it becomes and issue. Here is a simple calculator that may give you an idea what your child support may look like.

Unofficial Child Support Calculator for California.

We can help you determine if your current child support needs to be modified. If it does we can help you take the steps to have it recalculated.