Child Support

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Child Support Services

Child support is a crucial aspect of family law that seeks to ensure the well -being of children by providing financial assistance from non -custodial parents. In the intricate landscape of family dynamics, Rita Frayer stands as a compassionate and experienced mediator dedicated to facilitating the child support process.

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What is Child Support?

Child Support Services: Child support is a crucial aspect of family law that seeks to ensure the well -being of children by providing financial assistance from non -custodial parents. In the intricate landscape of family dynamics, Rita Frayer stands as a compassionate and experienced mediator dedicated to facilitating the child support process.

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Key Aspects of Child Support:

  1. Monetary Support: Child support often involves regular monetary payments made by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. These payments contribute to the child's basic needs, including food, clothing, and shelter. The amount is typically determined based on the income of both parents and the child's specific needs.
  2. Medical Support: Beyond basic financial support, child support may also include provisions for medical expenses. This can involve health insurance coverage and assistance with out -of-pocket medical costs, ensuring the child has access to necessary healthcare services.
  3. Educational Support: Child support extends to cover educational expenses, ensuring that children have the opportunity to pursue academic endeavors without financial constraints. This may include school fees, tutoring, or other educational necessities.
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Why Child Support Matters

1. Children's Well-Being:

Child support is fundamentally about prioritizing the well-being of the children involved. Adequate financial support ensures that children can access essential resources, enjoy a stable living environment, and pursue educational opportunities that contribute to their overall development.

2. Legal Obligation:

Child support is not just a moral responsibility; it is a legal obligation. Courts often intervene to establish and enforce child support orders, holding non -compliant parents accountable. This legal framework ensures that children's needs are met, even in situations where parents may not be able to agree amicably.

3. Maintaining Standard of Living:

Child support helps maintain a standard of living for the child consistent with the financial means of both parents. It seeks to bridge the gap between households, minimizing disparities and providing a level playing field for the child's upbringing.

4. Emotional Support:

Financial stability contributes significantly to emotional well -being. Child support helps create an environment where children feel secure and supported, fostering positive emotional development during what may be a challenging time.

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Rita Frayer: Your Trusted Mediator

Rita's Approach:
  1. Empathy and Understanding: Rita understands the emotional challenges that often accompany child support cases. Her empathetic approach creates a safe space for parents to express their concerns and priorities, fostering a cooperative atmosphere for resolution.
  2. Mediation for Amicable Solutions: Rita advocates for mediation as a means of reaching amicable solutions. Mediation allows parents to actively participate in crafting child support agreements, promoting cooperation and reducing the adversarial nature often associated with legal proceedings.
  3. Post-Settlement Support: Beyond reaching an agreement, Rita remains a supportive figure for families. She assists in the implementation of child support orders and provides guidance on addressing any challenges that may arise post -settlement, ensuring the continued well-being of the children involved.

Our Services

Our mediation service resolves disputes without going to court.

FAQs For Child Support Services

California uses a statewide formula to calculate child support based on each parent’s income and custody share. The formula aims to ensure the child has the same standard of living in both households.
For one child, the basic child support amount is typically around 20% of the paying parent’s net income. The amount goes up incrementally for additional children.
Courts can also factor in things like health insurance costs, childcare costs, and special needs of the child. The final amount may be higher or lower than the formula alone would indicate.
Child support typically continues until the child turns 18 and is no longer in high school.
Payments may extend to age 19 if still finishing high school, or continue past 18 for a child with a disability.
The court can impute income to a parent if the judge finds they are deliberately avoiding employment or under-employed. Child support is then calculated based on potential earning capacity.
Parents can request a modification of the child support order if financial circumstances substantially change for either party. The court will review incomes and other factors again.
Not paying court-ordered child support can result in wage garnishment, tax refund interception, suspension of driver’s or professional licenses, and other consequences.

Child support typically continues until the child turns 18 years old, as long as the child has graduated high school.

If the child has not graduated high school by age 18, support will continue until graduation or age 19, whichever comes first.

For a disabled child who is unable to support themselves, child support may continue indefinitely. The disability must have occurred before the age of 18.

In addition, a few other factors can impact the duration of child support: If back child support is owed, payments may continue until the full amount is paid off even if the child has reached age 18.

The court may order payments to help cover college expenses in certain cases, extending support beyond age 18.

Parents can mutually agree to extend child support beyond when it would normally end. This agreement should be submitted to the court.

Emancipation ends the child support obligation. This occurs if the child joins the military, gets married or is declared emancipated by the court before age 18.Child support automatically terminates upon the death of either the paying parent or the child.

The court will first look to see if the mother is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed. If so, the court can compute income to her based on what she could potentially earn. Child support is then calculated using the computed income.

If the mother is not purposely avoiding employment, the court will try to determine her earning capacity based on her education, skills, experience, etc. Income may still be computed, but likely at a lower level.

If the mother truly has zero earning ability due to disability, lack of skills, etc., the child support would be determined based solely on the father’s income.

The court will expect the father to provide income information through tax returns, pay stubs, bank statements, etc. Hiding income could lead to retroactive support orders.

If the father is also unemployed or has very low income, the court c an set a minimum low-income order, such as $50 per month. This can be modified later if incomes change.

The mother’s lack of income may factor into child custody decisions as well, since it impacts her ability to provide for the child without support.

The court expects both parents to contribute to the child’s care and will account for zero income only when reasonable. Seeking employment or job training is usually required.

Contempt of Court-The court can hold the non -paying parent in contempt for violating a court order. This can potentially lead to fines or jail time.

Wage garnishment-The court can order automatic deduction of child support from the parent’s paychecks. This is one of the most common remedies pursued.

Tax refund interception -Child support payments can be taken out of a parent’s state and federal tax refunds.

Suspended driver’s license -California can suspend licenses for parents who owe more than $1,000 in past-due support.

Suspended professional licenses -Doctors, lawyers, contractors and other professionals can have their licenses suspended for failure to pay child support.

Property liens-Liens can be placed on real estate and personal property, which must be paid off when the property is sold.

Debt collection-Delinquent child support payments can be referred to collection agencies.

Interest charges-Interest starts accruing on past -due amounts. Currently 10% per year in California.

Credit reporting-Unpaid support is reported to credit bureaus, damaging credit scores.

Jail time-Repeat and intentional violations may lead to civil or criminal contempt charges. Jail time is seen as a last resort.