Newport Beach Child Support Attorney
Child Custody Attorney Fighting For You
Divorce is never a pleasant business, but it can be an especially devastating time for children of the involved parties. Not only do children have to face the emotional separation of losing at least one parent, but the major familial restructuring often is compounded with the negative effects of a decreased quality of life. This is especially true in the state of California, where living costs are much higher. Both the upheaval of divorce and the difficulties of transitioning to single-parent households can dramatically reduce children's quality of life.
We are extremely empathetic to your whole family during this process. Our goal at The Law Office of Timothy M. Ghobrial is to make sure your children do not become victims. You can count on our child custody and support attorney in Newport Beach to advocate for what is best for your child in every way.
How is Child Support Calculated in California?
In the state of California, the jury and the judge seek to provide for your child’s best interests. It is our role to ensure that these interests are actually met, rather than compromised by your partner’s desires. Therefore, we look carefully at a wide range of your child’s support needs to demonstrate their utmost priority to the court.
Some of the elements considered when awarding child support include:
- The amount of income each parent makes and the proportion of responsibility that each partner will contribute to raising and caring for the child
- Both partners current financial and socioeconomic circumstances, along with their distinct living standards
- Any potential differences between the custodial and noncustodial environments, which support payments can help alleviate
- How many children are jointly dependent on the two parties
- Educational and after-school care expenses
- The cost of medical, dental, and vision healthcare
- Bills from premiums of health insurance and specialist health services
- Additional needs for a child with disabilities
Determining Child Custody
Child custody following a divorce can either be awarded to one parent solely or both parents jointly. This does not mean that there is a choice between one parent being involved in a child’s life or both – many studies have proven that having both parents in a child’s life is extremely critical to their growing development mentally, emotionally, and physically. However, depending on the circumstances, it might be more appropriate for only one parent to hold the primary custodial role in determining major life decisions, whereas in other scenarios it works out that both parents share this responsibility together.
How Long Must You Pay Child Support in CA?
State law requires that the non-custodial parent pay child support until the child turns 18. However, there are some exceptions to this law, which include:
The child joins the military
The child is still in high school, which would extend the payments to 19
The child enters into a valid marriage
The child dies
What is an Unfit Parent in California?
The fitness of a parent is something that the court will evaluate when determining child custody. A parent that is ruled to be “unfit”, will have shown one or more of these factors:
A history of domestic violence or child abuse
A history of substance or alcohol abuse
A mental illness that inhibits them from properly caring for the child
How our Child Custody Attorney Can Help You
The Law Office of Timothy M. Ghobrial is sensitive to the difficulty of awarding child custody, and we are dedicated to serving you and your child’s interests above all. Together, we can work to come up with the best solution that safeguards your family’s emotions and mental health simultaneously.
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