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Palm Desert Child Support Attorney

Provisional Support for Your Child

Child Support

In the state of California, both parents are expected to provide financial support for the care and well-being of their children. These payments are made on a regular basis by the non-custodial parent for costs as food, clothing, shelter, education, and other needs. The calculation for child support is made based of the parents' income and the specific needs of the child.


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If you are the custodial parent and you are having a difficult time making ends meet, then you may be entitled to collect child support payments in order to compensate for costs of provision for your child. In the event of a divorce, the court will consider the following factors in order to calculate the amount of support:

  • The spouse's marital assets
  • The standard of living the child would have had if the parents didn’t divorce
  • Each party’s income and financial situation
  • The number of children
  • The needs of the children
  • Medical costs
  • The ability of the non-custodial parent to support themselves
  • The costs for providing for other children that the non-custodial parent may have

Those will then be compared to how much time the parent spends with the child and any special needs the child may have. After they have fully investigated the circumstances, the court will order how much support a parent is supposed to give until the child reaches 18, finishes high school, or is emancipated.

Modifying Child Support Orders in Riverside County

Since the financial situation of the spouse can change, it is important to note that throughout the course of time, child support payments can be modified. The court does not grant a modification to just anyone, so be sure that you can prove one of the following conditions:

  • One parent has suffered a decrease in pay
  • One parent has been diagnosed with an illness or disability
  • The child’s circumstances have changed
  • One parents has experienced a change in financial circumstances, either good or bad

One important thing to remember is that there are legal consequences if a parent fails or refuses to pay their court ordered support. First, the court will try to collect the support via wage garnishment. However, in more severe cases, when the non-custodial parent refuses to pay, then they could face any of the following penalties:

  • Lose their driver’s licenses
  • Have all professional licenses suspended
  • Have their tax refund seized
  • Be sentenced to jail

Looking for a child support lawyer in Riverside County? If you need help modifying or enforcing a child support court order, then please do not hesitate to contact a Palm Desert divorce lawyer from the Law Office of Lawrence W. Novack.

To find out how much child support you owe, check out the California Child Support Calculator.

How do I file for child support? Call (760) 585-9065 for Help

If you are seeking child support from another parent or legal guardian, then it is important that you start the process as soon as possible because support begins the day the claim is filed. First, contact an attorney from my firm who can represent you and fight for your rightful compensation. I not only have the legal knowledge you need to get your rights protected, but I can also remain unbiased in the face of convincing excuses from the other party.

After you have contacted my firm, then I can help you proceed with the claim by obtaining a court order. Unless this order is obtained, the other parent will have no legal obligation to help you with your child's expenses. If the parent is in another state, then this can get more complicated since each state has their own child support policies.

Caring Help from a Palm Desert Child Support Lawyer

Searching for an attorney for a child support case in Palm Desert, CA? If you are currently making support payments, then I may be able to help you re-evaluate the need for these payments and possibly have them reduced through a modification. In addition, if you are facing divorce, then it is important that your child is adequately provided for; however, it is important that your income and financial success is not exploited. I can provide you with skilled and experienced representation in order to fight for your rights in court. I have been serving the residents of Palm Desert in various family law matters for many years with a long history of success. With more than 50 years of experience as a divorce attorney, I understand the process better than most, and I can put my extensive knowledge and experience to work for you.

Call the Law Office of Lawrence W. Novack today to schedule a consultation by calling (760) 585-9065!

Child Support Case Resources
Calculating Child Support
California Guideline Child Support Calculator
Family Code Section 4050-4076
Child Support FAQs
California Child Support Enforcement Measures

Child Support Articles and Information
Changing a Child Support Order
Child Support Articles – LA Times
Child Support in California
Enforcing Child Support Orders