Santa Barbara Child Support Lawyers
Child support is money paid for the living expenses, health insurance, and financial needs of a child. In California, all parents are obligated to support their children financially. Providing highly regarded legal counsel, the Santa Barbara child support attorneys at Wilson & Pettine, LLP offer skilled representation to parents who need to obtain—or pay—appropriate financial support for their children.
As part of a court action during a divorce, legal separation, or domestic violence action, an order for support memorializes the obligation of a parent to provide financially for his or her child. Financial support is also required under a Petition to Establish Parental Relationship for children of unmarried parents.
Understanding child support
Using a formula established by California statute, a child support attorney with our firm can calculate child support obligations for you under a variety of custodial scenarios. Child support is payable until a child reaches 18 years of age. If parents cannot agree on financial support, the court will make a support determination based on a number of factors. Whether in Santa Barbara, or elsewhere in California, state guidelines concerning child support include the following:
- Amount of money each parent earns, could earn, or receives
- How many children are at issue from this and other marriages
- The time-share and custodial arrangement between parents
- Tax, union, retirement, and health insurance obligations of each parent
- Cost of day-care, uninsured healthcare, and other criteria
Other considerations that affect a support order include:
- Any special needs a child may have
- Additional health care expenses
- Necessary travel expenses for either child or parent for visitation
- Child care expenses
Working for the child support your family needs
Facing divorce with children and the prospect of a reduced standard of living in Santa Barbra can be frightening. Child support laws are intended to provide a stable quality of life and a certain standard of care for children across divided households. Our experienced Santa Barbara lawyers assist clients obtain appropriate child support agreements while working to counteract custodial arrangements sought only as a basis for manipulating child support payments.
Divorce is a difficult, complicated process that affects your life and the lives of your children for years to come. Get legal advice you can trust. If you need to obtain, modify, or enforce a child support order—we can help.
Dedicated legal help in Santa Barbara
With decades of experience, the child support lawyers at the Santa Barbara law firm of Wilson & Pettine, LLP provide strong, seasoned legal service to individuals dealing with issues of divorce and related areas of family law. Our highly qualified legal team serves clients throughout Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito, Goleta, and Summerland. If you have a question about child custody, divorce, or family law—contact us today.