In California, the term "child support" usually refers to payments the custodial parent, or the parent who has custody of the child or children, receives from the non-custodial parent, who is the parent who does not have custody, or has less custody. Though these distinctions usually break down based on who has more parenting time, actual child support distributions can vary from case to case.
In California, child support is normally paid until the child reaches 18 years of age, though in some cases it can continue until age 19. In the cases of children with disabilities which prevent them from becoming self-supporting adults at age 18, child support payments could continue into adulthood.
The amount a non-custodial parent must pay in child support is based on a formula. The payments which result from these guidelines are usually considered equitable by the courts, but can occasionally create situations in which the calculated child support is untenable. In such cases the courts can intervene in order to adjust the payment.
Child support orders are not fixed, and can be modified by the courts based on a change in circumstances or new information. It is not uncommon for custodial parents to petition the court for additional child support assistance, and non-custodial parents to petition the court for reduced payments. In either of these cases, if you are involved in a child support proceeding it is best to use the services of a qualified divorce attorney in San Diego at Cage & Miles, LLP.
If you believe that your child support payments are unfair, and you wish to have them modified, call us immediately. We have worked hundreds of family law cases in the San Diego area, and we know how the courts work.
Call our San Diego divorce lawyers now to discuss your child support situation, and let us show you how we can help you. We can be reached at (858) 943-2060 to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.