Child Support

Child support is defined in California as the ongoing monetary expenditures and payments necessary to cover a child’s living and medical expenses. Both parents have a legal duty to provide financial support for their children. The court may order either or both parents to make ongoing payments to cover a child’s living and medical expenses.

In California, child support is calculated using a formula that takes into account many factors, including each parents’:

  • · custodial time
  • · earnings and other income
  • · health insurance expenses
  • · support of children in other relationships, and
  • · actual tax filing status

Child Support Modification

A child support order, including those from the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS), may be modified subsequent to the original court order. This occurs when there has been a change in the parents’ financial circumstances, or when a child’s needs have changed, as he or she has gotten older. Although child support is not taxable for income tax purposes for the receiving spouse nor deductible to the payor spouse, it can still add unanticipated tax consequences to your finances after the divorce is complete.

Ventura Family Law Center

You may have been served with a Summons and Complaint. The law in California dictates that you have 30 days to respond. Your response is imperative for you to be able to tell the court of your position on the matter, and for you to have any chance of receiving a positive outcome. You don’t want to be late or make a mistake with your filing that could come back to hurt your case later.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Donna Santo have many years experience in handling complex financial issues resulting from child support matters. Whether your case is set for an OSC (Order to Show Cause), or involves DCSS, or has any other family law issues attached to it, there is always someone available at our office to answer your questions and address your concerns.

We are here to provide the assistance you need. Contact us today regarding your child support problems at 805.644-2883, or e-mail us here, and let us know how we can serve you.