At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff, we are committed to providing our
clients—family-oriented individuals—who do everything they
can to ensure their children are well taken care of. Many parents have
come to our firm presenting their concerns about the outcome of their
child support agreements.
As a Westlake Village
family law attorney, my job is to help our clients get familiar with the laws and
the court’s decision-making process. I always put your family’s
needs at the forefront, especially since your payment agreements can determine
the outcome of the future from here on out.
The Guidelines for Child Support in CA
Typically, the income of the parent who has
custody is the only source of financial assistance for the child. California courts
have standard guidelines to dictate the amount of
child support that a parent must pay. The factors the courts will consider include:
the parent’s gross income, how many children there are, and how
much time each parent typically spends with the child.
To calculate the exact payment amounts, there is a formula that the courts
follow, which takes the parents’ gross income, subtracts certain
deductions such as tax obligations, health insurance, and expenses due
to hardship. Timeshare is calculated by measuring how much responsibility
each parent has in carrying out their duties, such as bringing the child
There have been some cases where a parent refuses to or avoids paying child
support by staying unemployed. The courts may still factor in that parent’s
income earning potential if he or she can work and there are sufficient
Should I Hire an Attorney to Assist Me?
As with any family law matter, having a Westlake Village family lawyer
is always more beneficial than going without one. As your attorney, I,
Jeffrey S. Graff, can help you calculate the appropriate amount of child
support that your children are entitled to and represent the best interests
of your family as a whole. Because the courtroom can be an intimidating
place, you will not have to feel like you are going through the process
on your own—because I can be by your side, offering the guidance you need.
Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff today for support!