Experienced Child Support Attorney Representation
Huntington Beach in Orange County, Ca. is not unique to divorce lawyers or child support attorneys. What is unique to Huntington Beach is 28 yr. top-notch litigation divorce lawyer & child support attorney in Huntington Beach like William Strachan. Divorce & Family Law Firm of William M. Strachan has, in the most effective and expedient manner, successfully represented child custody agreements resulting from divorce and ensures clarity around custody modification orders, joint or sole child custody, and child visitation rights for over 28 years. Paternity disputes like child move aways & relocation as Huntington Beach child support attorneys are also our specialty. Legal responsibilities in child support costs are only one of the free consultations we provide to all Orange County areas like Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Anaheim, Yorba Linda, Irvine, Orange, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, and surrounding cities. Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino County, and/or Inland Empire inclusive.
As a parent, you want the best for your child. This remains true in cases of divorce. Even though your marriage may be ending, you still have the desire and responsibility to provide a quality life for your child. Establishing an appropriate child support structure is of top importance for ensuring your child is financially provided for.
At the Law Offices of William M. Strachan in Huntington Beach, California, we have represented and defended parents in child support disputes for 28 years. Contact us for a free consultation with Attorney Strachan.
Child Support in California
California has specific guidelines for determining child support amounts, also known as awards. In child support proceedings it is important to have a qualified attorney who can help you navigate through the daunting process. During a divorce or other child support proceeding, the court calculates an appropriate child support award using the guidelines as set forth in specific family law statutes. Some factors taken into account in the guidelines include:
- Daycare and healthcare expense
- Uninsured healthcare costs
- A parent’s after-tax income
- The amount of time each parent spends with the child
- The number of children in a family
- Current child support commitments
- Hardship deductions
There are instances where a court can deviate from the guidelines by either adding additional support or reducing support amounts below guidelines. Some factors the court can cite to deviate from the guidelines include:
- The parties stipulate a different amount
- A deferred sale of a family residence
- The parent paying child support has income that exceeds the needs of the children
- The parent paying child support has very low-income
- Educational costs or other special needs of the child
- Travel expenses for visitation
Certified Family Law Specialist William M. Strachan represents both sides of a child support dispute. He helps our client’s either maximize or minimize the amount of child support the court will award.
In some instances, determining a person’s income is not easy. When people are self-employed, work for cash, and do not represent their income accurately, a client can hire a forensic expert to determine a parent’s true income and expenses.
Child Support Enforcement and Modifications
Sometimes legal issues arise even after a court finalizes child support. Circumstances may change. The other parent may choose not to follow through with payments. We represent clients seeking to modify or enforce an award of child support.