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Los Angeles Child Support Attorney

Whether a couple is separating, divorcing, or simply not living together, child support is of great importance. If you live in the Los Angeles area, it is always wise to consult with one of the many experienced Los Angeles child support attorneys to help you understand child support laws and the rules for the collection and enforcement of child support. Child support laws can be hard to understand and all too often parents find themselves either being under-supported or paying more than they should. This is when the experience and skills of a knowledgeable Los Angeles child support attorney can greatly benefit you.

At the Los Angeles child support law firm of Sharman L. Brooks, we have helped hundreds of clients navigate through the complexities of California's child support laws. As a leading Los Angeles child support lawyer, Sharman L. Brooks offers sensitive and contentious representation during such a highly emotional matter. During her tenure as a Los Angeles child support lawyer, Sharman L. Brooks has built a reputation for being an aggressive and formidable opponent both in and out of the courtroom. If you are separating, divorcing, or need help obtaining child support from your child(ren)'s other parent, or need help with existing child support arrangements, contact Los Angeles child support lawyer Sharman L. Brooks today!

Los Angeles Child Support Guidelines

Under Los Angeles California family law guidelines, both parents have a legal responsibility to provide financial support for their child(ren). Most often, the term "child support" refers to the financial assistance that is provided by the non-custodial parent under a court order to the custodial parent for the benefit of their child(ren). In Los Angeles, the Child Support Guideline establishes that a minimum level of support is required to be paid by the non-custodial parent. The guideline calculates the amount of support based on both parents' incomes. Some of the factors that affect the amount of child support to be paid include the child(ren)'s day-to-day needs, special medical or educational needs, and the number of children.

Despite any other problems between the parents, including visitation, child support is viewed as an independent matter. This means that even if the custodial parent refuses to allow ordered visitation, the non-custodial parent must continue to pay ordered child support. Failure to do so can create severe penalties to be imposed on the non-custodial parent. Federal law requires that employers of the non-custodial parent directly withhold wages from employees who are under court order to provide child support. However, the non-custodial parent would still have the right to pursue legal remedies to insure that his or her visitation rights are enforced.

Child support payments are generally made by the non-custodial parent until a child reaches the age of 18 years (or 19 if still attending high school full time), marries, is emancipated, or is unable to self-support. Courts may also impose an order on both parents to continue to support a child even when he or she is an adult if the latter is disabled and has no other means of support. Once child support is ordered, either parent has the right to request changes to the order. The petitioning parent will need to show the court that there has been a change in circumstances before the modification would be granted.

If you have other questions regarding child support or need help with your child support matter, please contact Los Angeles child support lawyer Sharman L. Brooks for a free initial consultation today.

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