Los Angeles Child Support Attorneys
What is child support?
Child Support is
- AN ONGOING, PERIODIC PAYMENT
- MADE BY A PARENT
- TOWARD A CHILD’S LIVING AND MEDICAL EXPENSES.
IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA BOTH PARENTS HAVE A LEGAL DUTY TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THEIR CHILD.
When a couple lives together there is usually no need for a court to order the parents to pay child support since the couple generally shares income and expenses. However, when a couple ceases living together (for example, due to divorce or separation) then it will sometimes become necessary for a court to order one or both of the parents to pay child support. The gender of the parent does not matter in child support cases – men and women are held equally responsible for a child’s financial needs. The percentage of time each party spends with the child (“timeshare”) will also become factor in determining the amount of child support. The parent who retains primary custody of the child is called the “custodial party” and the other party is called the “non-custodial party.”
What is child support modification?
- a change
- to a judicial order
- requiring a parent to provide ongoing payments
- to assist with his or her child's living and medical expenses.
While the custodial parent, noncustodial parent, or primary caregiver can make the request, a substantial change of circumstances will be the primary theory for a child support modification in Los Angeles.