Child Support

Child support refers to the periodic payments made from one party to the other, generally from the noncustodial parent of a child to the child's custodial parent. In many divorce cases involving children, child support is ordered to ensure that both parents share the responsibility of providing for their child.

In California, child support must be paid until the child turns 19 years old or completes 12th grade. Parents are required to continue with their responsibility if the child is incapacitated and unable to earn a sufficient living.

At Hendrickson Cooper Hughes, a firm based in Huntington Beach, we help our clients meet the needs of their children while protecting their own legal rights. We have extensive knowledge of child support and related custody matters.

Who Determines The Amount Of Child Support?

Child support laws are set forth in the California Family Code. The state guidelines for child support will be used by the court if your divorce is litigated. An Orange County child support attorney from our firm can discuss fair and appropriate amounts for child support with you. Overall, the child's best interest will be the primary determining factor in all support matters.

Elements such as income, employment, number of children, the visitation agreement and the child's previous standard of living prior to the parents' separation will also be assessed. Some cases will require slight deviation from the California child support guidelines to provide leniency for special needs, such as health concerns and advanced education.

My Circumstances Are Unique. How Can You Help?

Statutory guidelines have been developed for the calculation of child support orders. At Hendrickson Cooper Hughes, however, we know that each family faces unique circumstances that must be taken into consideration. With past personal experiences with child support issues of our own, we can help you ensure that the best possible outcome is obtained for your children.

Whether you are on the receiving or providing end of a child support order, our lawyers offer ample guidance in addressing all the relevant issues. Contact our firm today to safeguard your rights and develop a plan to provide a healthy future for your child.