Child Support

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Lancaster Child Support Lawyer

Advocates for the Best Interests of Your Children throughout the Antelope & Santa Clarita Valleys

Child support can be a contentious issue following a divorce. Whether you are the primary parent providing support or the parent receiving the child support payments, our Lancaster firm can help ensure that your rights are upheld and that the best interests of the children are kept at the forefront of the case.

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How Is Child Support Calculated in California?

California utilizes a statewide formula in order to determine the amount of child support. This formula is highly complex and takes many variables into account in order to come up with this amount.

The Calculation Is Based on the Following, and More:


  • Number of children
  • Income per parent
  • Custody situation
  • Tax filing status
  • Tax-deductible expenses

HOW LONG DOES CHILD SUPPORT LAST?

In California, child support ends when the child turns 18 years old and graduates high school, as long as the child still lives with his or her custodial parent. Support can continue until the child is 19 years old if he or she is still enrolled full-time in high school.

How Does Child Support Work in California?

According to California state law, both parents hold a financial responsibility in caring for their child.  While the court can require both parents to provide support, typically the non-custodial parent provides child support to the custodial parent. 

While the court can mandate the amount of support to be paid, parents can also create a child support agreement that is sent to the court for approval. However, in such instances, certain requirements must first be met. It’s best to consult with a Lancaster child support lawyer to better understand your rights in such a case.


Contact our child support attorney in Lancaster to get started on a consultation in figuring out your next steps.


What Happens if I Can't Pay Child Support?

In a situation where you are not able to keep up with your child support payments, you will likely be taken to court for failure to pay. It is important to not only show up, but to show up with skilled legal representation. In order to make the case go smoothly, start to collect any and all possible records of your personal income as proof that paying the child support order is unreasonable. This can include but is not limited to tax returns and paystubs, or other proof of income available.

Does Child Support Affect Your Credit? 

Child Support Agreement

 Your credit will only be affected if you have failed to make a support payment or are late in making the payment. Neglecting to pay court-mandated support can also result in wage garnishment, the suspension of a license or passport, and potentially being found in contempt of court. 

How Do I Contact My Child Support Caseworker?

Keeping in touch with the right people in California throughout the child support process is crucial. The Lancaster child support attorney at The Jimenez Law Group, APC, walks clients through the proper steps necessary to ensure compliance with the law. Using the California child support website, anyone can easily get in touch with their caseworker as well. This is useful for making payments as well as getting in touch with your specific caseworker.

How to File for Child Support in California

Navigate child support with the help of our skilled and experienced child support lawyer in Lancaster, CA. The Jimenez Law Group, APC, is passionate about making sure the needs of your children are taken care of and your rights are upheld throughout case proceedings.

With our firm on your side, you can expect personal legal services that are backed by more than a decade-and-a-half of experience. Our Lancaster attorney is attentive and empathetic, willing to listen to your side of the story and work towards a legal solution that is customized to meet your needs. We offer flexible hours and fast response times.


Speak with The Jimenez Law Group, APC today. Call us at (661) 369-8655 to schedule a consultation with our child custody attorney in Lancaster, and the surrounding Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys.


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