When you need an experienced lawyer on your side, it’s vital to find one with practical experience handling cases similar to yours. Every case will have unique individual factors, but when it comes to child support issues, you need to have an attorney with solid experience handling complex child support cases. Our team has more than 30 years of practical experience, successfully representing all types of divorce cases in the Sacramento area, including those with difficult child custody-related factors.
We will leverage this experience in your case. Our team strives to provide rapid, responsive, and responsible legal representation to every client. We will take time to get to know you, your situation, and your goals for child support and custody in your case. As your attorneys, we will help you gather all the material evidence you need to make a strong case for custody over your children and do everything we can to ensure your case proceeds as smoothly as possible.
If you and your spouse are beyond any hope of civil negotiation, you will need to litigate your divorce in open court, and this means the judge presiding over your case has the final say when it comes to child custody. The state of California has a legal obligation in every family law matter to protect the best interests of any children involved in such matters. In child custody cases, judges decide custody on numerous factors. It’s vital to know what to expect regarding the criteria a judge will use to determine child custody.
Some of the factors you can expect to be explored in your child custody determination include:
● The separate income of each of the parents. A lower-earning parent who obtains primary custody will likely receive child support from the higher-earning spouse regardless of how much custody the paying spouse obtains.
● The living situation of each parent. A judge will likely seek to disrupt the child’s everyday life as little as possible, so the custodial parent may be allowed to remain in the marital home. A judge is more likely to grant more custody to the parent capable of providing the most stable living situation for the child.
● The child’s unique needs. If a child has a medical condition or disability that incurs higher than average expenses, the judge will consider these issues when determining an appropriate child support arrangement.
● Each parent’s custody rights. Even in cases where parents obtain 50/50 joint legal and physical custody over their children, the court may order child support to ensure both parents equally contribute to their children’s upbringing. A noncustodial parent with limited visitation rights will likely need to pay child support to the custodial parent, and a parent with less physical and/or legal custody would likely pay child support as well.
These are some of the most important factors any family court judge will consider when making a child support determination. If you plan to litigate your divorce, your Sacramento divorce lawyer will gather the evidence you need to show your suitability for custody.
Whether you expect to pay or receive child support through your divorce proceedings, the right attorney can make a significant difference in your overall experience. At the Ewing Law Group, we provide responsive and compassionate legal representation to every client. We want to help you feel more confident about child support as it applies to your divorce case. Contact us today
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