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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, call (619) 485-6476 for a free 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
  • Promotion
  • Change in income
  • Severe illness or injury
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Relocation

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.

Please contact us at (619) 485-6476 to learn how California child support law applies to your situation.

The Embry Family Law P.C. Team

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    Ben E. Embry

    Founding Attorney

    Ben was born and raised in Henderson, Kentucky, and attended the University of Kentucky. He did not leave Kentucky until he moved to San Diego to attend law school in 2006. Ben grew up on his father’s farm, doing the things that most “farm boys” do: Plowing the fields, tending the cattle, and harvesting crops, all while leaving enough time to fish in the pond. Working for his father is what gave Ben the work ethic he has today. Despite the fact that farming was in his blood, Ben decided early on ...
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    Marie Manalo

    Intake Specialist

    For Marie, the best thing about working at Embry Family Law P.C. is that every day goes by so fast and no two days are ever the same. She loves being able to provide support to the amazing attorneys and colleagues she works with every day. She values and enjoys learning and growing from each person with whom she comes into contact. When she isn’t working, Marie likes to read and journal. She is also a fan of strength-training and dancing, as well as scary movies and good documentaries. You can ...
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    Nicholas Montano

    Legal Assistant

    Nicholas is a native San Diegan who grew up in Golden Hills, right by the 94 freeway. As the middle of three siblings, he was and is the “peace maker” in the family. At Embry Family Law P.C., Nicholas enjoys supporting clients by explaining the process to them, listening to their concerns, and assuring them that they are in good hands and that everything will be okay. Nicholas attended St. Augustine High School and Cuyamaca Community College, and he is working on his last semester to become ABA ...
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