How Do I File for a Child Support Case?

Vintage Bookcase with Rows of Law BooksIf you have children and have gone through a divorce or you’re in the process of doing so, the idea of child support has no doubt crossed your mind. In California, the process of determining if and how much child support is required can be incredibly complex. This is why it is almost always best to get the help of an experienced child support attorney.

SLO clients have received excellent and successful support from Hosford & Hosford attorneys. We have several decades worth of experience representing hundreds of clients in child support cases. Give us a call today at (805) 439-1906.

We know that this can be a tremendous difficulty on many of our clients. While California has a predetermined formula for calculating the amount of child support and if it is required, there are a number of discretionary factors that can come into play. These factors are where our experience and wisdom can be an essential benefit to you. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to discuss the details of your situation and see if we can help.

How Much Child Support Will I Owe?

As we mentioned above, determining if and how much child support you or your spouse will have to pay usually requires the services of a child support attorney. SLO clients that sit down with Hosford & Hosford attorneys will quickly realize exactly how complex the calculation for child support is. There are a wide range of factors that the judge will consider before making their determination.

  • Income – Obviously, the judge will look at pay stubs and other records of income.
  • Income of New Spouses – If you or your former spouse have a new spouse, the judge may even want to look at their income.
  • Medical costs – Whether it’s an ongoing medical condition or disability, these types of medical needs will play a role in determining child support.
  • Children’s health and education – If your children have special health or educational needs this is another significant factor.
  • Time spent with kids – Finally, one of the other factors the judge may look at is how much time you and your spouse spend with the children.

As you can see, there are a lot of different moving parts when it comes to figuring out exactly how much child support will be awarded. This is why it is essential to work with an experienced child support attorney. SLO clients can contact Hosford & Hosford for help, and we will ensure that the numbers used in the judge’s calculations are fair. This can go a very, very long way to getting a favorable child support calculation.

Dealing with the Department of Child Support Services

Hosford & Hosford has been working with the Department of Child Support Services for years. Whether for good or for bad, it’s simply a fact that enforcement agencies wield a tremendous amount of power. If you have a child support order in place, and you’d like to either increase or decrease it, it is a fantastic idea to retain the services of a child support attorney. SLO clients can work with a Hosford & Hosford attorney to get the amount of child support increased or decreased.

If your hours at work have been cut, or your wages have decreased, you should contact Hosford & Hosford in SLO immediately at (805) 439-1906. Getting the order modified as soon as possible is usually the best bet.

We have over 35 years of experience in family law and child support. After you call us, we will discuss the issues of your case and then develop an effective, and powerful strategy to help meet your goals. Contact us today at (805) 439-1906.