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Top Child Support Lawyer: Stephen L. Cawelti
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We ensure our clients have every aspect of child support analysis reviewed and considered, whether for settlement or in court. From ensuring that your children have health insurance, childcare, and more, you can be confident that our office will leave no stone unturned.
How is Child Support Calculated?
When a California judge calculates how much each parent will need to pay in child support, he/she generally will look at 4 things.
Net disposable income is the income left over after taxes, required retirement contributions, health premiums, etc. The court will also weigh any additional sources of passive income. Passive income could include pensions, rental properties, stocks, unemployment benefits, commissions, etc.
Similarly to when you file for taxes, deductions will be made to the parents’ net income when calculating child support. Deductions include things like child care costs, health insurance, mandatory retirement, mortgage interest, property taxes, and more.
Time spent (child custody) with the child is a big factor that a judge weighs when creating the support order. Typically, child support is calculated after a child custody/time share arrangement has been established. Obviously, the less time a parent spends with their children, the more they will likely have to pay.
California is unique, in that the state requires the court to also consider the child’s current standard of living. In large part, support is intended to balance out differences in income between the parents. It is considered unfair to the child if he/she lives a very different lifestyle with one parent as compared to the other, especially if the only difference is the incomes available to each parent.
We all make decisions with how we spend and save our money. The court will not provide much help to a parent who spends unwisely or is positioning themselves to take advantage of their ex. This is why it’s critical to have a seasoned, child support attorney on your side, who can work with the subtleties of your case and ensure that you receive a fair result.
The Child Support Formula
Enforcing Child Support
Unfortunately, even after child support has been ordered, it’s not always the end of the drama. Enforcing support (including calculating past due child support) is a critical part of Stephen Cawelti’s knowledge base.
Collecting past due support can be a hassle and confusing. For those who have gone years without collecting support, many don’t want to “bring it all back up again” after their case is over. It is important to remember however: child support is for your child, not you.
You have many tools available to get the past due support. Often, this support is due with penalties and interest. Once recovered, that money can be used for future college expenses, other educational needs, or whatever your child requires.
As an experienced child support attorney, Stephen Cawelti and his team are committed to helping you get the support that you, and most importantly your children, deserve.
Child Support Modifications
Unlike some spousal support issues, child support is generally flexible depending on the income available to each parent. This means that when things legitimately aren’t so good for an earning parent, child support can be lowered. Likewise, as a parent’s financial picture improves, a portion of that good fortune should help the child.
An Experienced Child Support Attorney
Stephen L. Cawelti
Stephen is a seasoned, award-winning, board certified family law attorney who has specialized in complex family law matters since 2006 in California. His extensive educational background in child development and psychology uniquely qualify him to help parents navigate through the stress of child custody matters. Stephen has acted as the lead attorney on hundreds of divorce/child custody cases and argued before the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura County Superior Courts. He was voted by Pasadena Magazine as one of the “Top Attorneys” in the area for the past 6 years.
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