San Bernardino Child & Spousal Support Lawyer
Child Support in California
Child support over the years that your children will be entitled to support will frequently be the biggest financial issue in your divorce or paternity case. The State of California has determined that a parent’s first and principal obligation is to support his or her minor children according to the parent’s circumstances and station in life.
Child support will likely be a substantial financial obligation, enforceable in many ways, for example by wage assignment, by garnishing bank accounts or other non-exempt assets, by suspending driver’s licenses or other professional licenses, or by contempt of court proceedings and jail time. Child support is not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
Spousal Support in California
Spousal support, referred to in some states as alimony, is generally awarded only to divorcing spouses, whether husband or wife, in an amount, and for a period of time, that the court determines is just and reasonable based on the standard of living established during the marriage and a number of other subjective factors.
Spousal support may likewise be for a substantial amount, and may be payable without a termination date in the case of a lengthy marriage. Spousal support is enforceable in most of that ways that child support is enforceable, and spousal support is not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
How a Certified Specialist Child Support / Spousal Support Lawyer Can Help You
Determination of both child support under the state-mandated formula, and spousal support under the more lengthy and subjective criteria to be considered by the court, require extensive detailed financial and other factual information. Preparation and presentation of this information can make a substantial difference in the outcome. Expert legal advice is essential.
I practice primarily in the central San Bernardino courthouse. Your divorce or paternity case will likely be filed in the central San Bernardino courthouse if you or your spouse reside in San Bernardino, Redlands, Yucaipa, Highland, Colton, Fontana, Rialto, Bloomington, Lake Arrowhead and surrounding mountain communities or anywhere else in the central San Bernardino Valley.