Orange County Child Support Lawyer
In southern California, if a child support dispute emerges between you and your child’s other parent, whether that dispute takes place during or after a divorce, immediately seek the legal advice and counsel of an experienced Orange County family law attorney with the Bayati Law Group. By law and by tradition, both parents have an obligation to provide financial support to their minor children. In California, both before and subsequent to a divorce, all parents are required by law to support their children. Child support arrangements must be made during a divorce, and that arrangement must be enforced unless modifications are requested and approved by the court.
Every child in California – whether that child is born in or outside of a marriage or is adopted – has the absolute legal right to child support. In California, either parent may be ordered to pay for child support after a divorce. Most child support in California is paid according to the state’s Child Support Guideline. These guidelines contain an elaborate mathematical formula to determine an amount based on a number of factors, including the income and earning capacity of the parents, the number of children, the needs of the children, and the amount of time the children spend with each parent. A child support order is neither a penalty nor a punishment. When child support is ordered after a divorce, the order is merely a recognition of every parent’s responsibility.
In most cases in California, child support is paid until a youngster reaches age 18; it may be extended by the agreement of both parents, or until age 19 if the child is still in high school, or in some cases if the child is physically or mentally handicapped. To obtain child support, a parent must request a court order requiring payments from the other spouse. An experienced Orange County family law attorney with the Bayati Law Group can help with this challenging process.
IF A CUSTODY ORDER NEEDS TO BE CHANGED
Many agreements made during a divorce, including child support, child custody, visitation, and spousal support orders, can be modified at any time after a divorce or separation. At the Bayati Law Group, a dedicated Orange County child support attorney can help parents to obtain court orders for child support, and that attorney will then make sure that the child support orders are enforced. In the future, if changing circumstances require you to seek a change or modification of the child support orders, the lawyers in the Bayati Law Group office will work to help you obtain the changes you need.
To have a child support order modified in California, a parent must show the court that a substantial, material change in life circumstances has occurred and that the proposed modification is in the child’s best interests. Circumstances that might justify a modification include but are not limited to unemployment or a change of jobs; injury, illness, or disability; a new marriage or a new youngster with a new partner; or a relocation to another state or nation.
TRUSTED ADVOCATES FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN
If you anticipate a dispute over child support; if you need the court to issue a child support order; if you need to have a support order modified; or if you are not receiving ordered payments ordered by the court and you need to have a child support order enforced, call the Bayati Law Group without delay. You’ll be able to speak with an experienced Orange County child support attorney who has the skills and legal experience to advocate effectively on behalf of you and your children.
Nothing is more important than your children, their future, and your relationship together. When you are divorcing or dealing with a child support dispute in southern California, it’s imperative to have a family law attorney you trust – someone who can put you at ease and address your concerns regarding your child or children. Every Bayati Law Group client and prospective client is treated with complete respect and is extended every possible professional courtesy. We promptly respond to every client phone call and email, we help parents to understand their legal options, and we stay in close contact with you regarding the developments in your case.
IF YOU ARE SUED FOR CHILD SUPPORT
In the state of California, child support services are delivered through more than fifty local child support agencies. When a child receives child support from the state through one of these agencies, the agency can take legal action against a parent to compel child support payments. If you are served with a child support lawsuit in California, you cannot ignore it. You have thirty days to respond. Your wisest move in this situation is to discuss at once your legal rights, options, and obligations with an experienced and trustworthy Orange County family law attorney at the Bayati Law Group.
If you are sued for child support, you really must be represented by a family law attorney who routinely represents parents in child support disputes. If you have your own special circumstances such as debt, illness, or unemployment, your attorney can explain your circumstances to the court and fight on your behalf for a fair and equitable resolution of the dispute. If you dispute the paternity of the child, the Bayati Law Group can help you arrange for genetic testing.
Under California law, the persons or agencies who may ask the court for a paternity order are the child’s mother; the man who believes he’s the father or who is identified as the father; the child support agency providing services to the mother; or an adoption agency. Genetic testing may be required when a mother requests child support or public benefits; a county superior court has the authority to order genetic testing for the mother, alleged father, and child. If an alleged father refuses testing, the court may consider his noncooperation as evidence of paternity.
THE ATTORNEYS THAT PARENTS TRUST
The Bayati Law Group can also review your existing child support order for fairness and adequacy. If you need a child support order or a modification of a child support order, let our experienced child support attorneys handle the negotiations and legal details on your behalf. If you are making monthly child support payments right now, you may want to consider petitioning the court for custody of your child, and we can help.
We are the dedicated family law attorneys that parents trust for legal assistance with child support matters in southern California. Schedule a consultation appointment today to speak with an experienced Orange County family law attorney by calling (949) 798-5700. Or, you can complete the online form on the contact page of this site, where you will also find a map with driving directions to our law offices. The Bayati Law Group serves clients in property division, divorce, family law, and child-related issues in Orange County and throughout southern California.