Child Support Attorney in San Diego
Legal Assistance for Child Support Requests & Modifications
Under California law, all parents have a duty to provide financial support for their children. Either parent may request child support. This issue is often addressed during the divorce process, but support may be requested at any time when parents are not married.
Because each situation is unique, it can be helpful to seek the advice of an experienced San Diego child support lawyer. At Embry Family Law P.C., we make sure our clients are receiving or paying the appropriate amount of support.
If you have questions about child support, contact us for a consultation.
Child Support Guidelines in California
California has specific guidelines for child support.
These guidelines use a formula to calculate support payments, which considers:
- The number of children
- The custody arrangement
- Healthcare costs
- Education costs
- Childcare expenses
In most situations, the amount shown in the guideline formula is presumed to be correct. The court may deviate from the guideline but will generally only do so in unique cases.
Modifying & Ending Support Payments
Child support payments generally continue until the child reaches the age of 18, or 19 if the child has not graduated from high school. The amount of child support awarded may not be appropriate in the future. If there is a change of circumstances, the court may modify the original order by either increasing or decreasing the payment amounts.
Child support may be modified if one party has experienced a significant change, such as:
- Job loss
- Change in income
- Severe illness or injury
- Loss of a loved one
Our San Diego child support attorney has the legal knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that child support is correctly calculated, that all special circumstances have been considered, and that you are paying or receiving the right amount of support. When circumstances change, we can help you request a modification.