Child Support Modifications
Child support disputes may arise when circumstances change, either in the income of the parents or the needs of the child. Naturally, a request to alter child support is usually resisted by the other party. The paying parent does not want to be saddled with an unfairly high payment, and the recipient parent does not want to be shortchanged or stuck with added child care expenses that should be shared.
Whether you are paying or receiving child support, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can protect your interests and your children’s interests under California law. The Law Offices of Teresa Beyers in Los Angeles represents either parent in child support modifications in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles County.
Modifying Child Support
Family law attorney Teresa Beyers is well-versed in the DissoMaster software used by the state of California for calculating child support. However, the child support formula is only as good as the numbers that are plugged into it. It is important to have reliable information about income, and there may be other considerations in altering child support. That is where the practical knowledge and courtroom experience of our lawyer come into play.
Modifying child support requires a substantial change in circumstances:
- Support can be increased if the paying parent is making more money or if the child’s needs change. For example, the court may make parents share expenses for camps, sports and activities and private school tuition.
- Support can be decreased if the paying parent has lost a job or received a pay cut, if the recipient parent is earning more, or if the amount of time-sharing (visitation) changes.
Modifications are complicated if either parent is deliberately underemployed or if the paying parent has underreported income. If necessary, we can take steps to uncover hidden income or have the court impute income. We can also address disputes over private school, college funding and other child-rearing decisions that affect child support levels.
Contact The Law Offices Of Teresa Beyers
If you and the co-parent cannot agree on child support, Los Angeles child support modifications attorney Teresa Beyers is prepared to argue on your behalf in court.
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