There are three main issues in the area of child support: determination, modification, and collection. Our experienced attorneys have obtained favorable outcomes for our clients in all three.
Initial Determination of Child Support
First, there is the initial determination of the amount of child support, which can be done as a part of the dissolution of marriage or as a separate proceeding. In California, determination of child support falls under the California Family Code, which provides guidelines but allows for the court to deviate from those guidelines under certain circumstances. Ultimately, the responsibility to support the children lays with both parents, and the court attempts to determine an arrangement where both parents can provide a consistent standard of living for the children. In theory, this seems simple enough. In practice, child support determinations are much more complicated and oftentimes highly contested.
At the Law Offices of Nigel Burns, our attorneys are well versed in the family code and are experienced in handling litigated and negotiated child support determinations. Our attorneys will work with you and keep you informed throughout the process, and will fight adamantly for your rights and your children’s best interests.
Child Support Modification
Second, there are child support modifications. People’s circumstances in life are constantly changing. There is no time when that is truer than during the years following a divorce proceeding. Further, people oftentimes underestimate the need to hire an experienced attorney in the early stages of their divorce proceeding, and end up with a child support order that is completely unfair. Either they are paying too much money or not receiving enough, and the order from the court simply does not accurately reflect the mutual responsibility of both parents to provide for the children or provide for a consistent standard of living for the children.
The good news is that it is not too late. Just because the initial child support order was not fair, or no longer accurately represents both parents’ current circumstances, does not mean that you are stuck with that order forever. Our family law attorneys are experienced in securing child support modifications, and have consistently obtained favorable results for our clients in the past.
Child Support Collection
Finally, just because the amount of child support has been determined, does not been that the battle is over. If your spouse has failed to pay their child support, or if you are falsely accused of owing child support money, you need an experienced family law attorney in your corner fighting for your rights. Ultimately, a child support order is of no use to you or your children, if your former partner does not abide by it. At the Law Offices of Nigel Burns, we have consistently obtained favorable results for our clients in the past, both those who were owed money and those who were falsely accused.