Child Custody and Child Support Lawyer Serving Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, & Contra Costa County, California

Child custody and child support are some of the most complex and emotionally-charged aspects of divorce proceedings in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, and Contra Costa County. This is largely due to the potential long-term ramifications stemming from a child custody order that sets forth whether a parent gets sole custody, or if there is a custody sharing agreement. There are similar long-term ramifications associated with an order directing a parent to pay child support. Let’s discuss each issue. 

How Child Support Works in Lafayette and Contra Costa County

Child support payments are intended to ensure both spouses shared the financial responsibility for the well-being of their child, or children. They are generally paid by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent. However, a support order may be issued when the parents agree have joint custody, particularly when the income of the parents are dramatically different. 

Child support payments usually last until the youngest child reaches the age of 18 and finishes high school. However, payment may last longer for a child with a disability. 

The State of California sets guidelines to help determine how much child support should be paid by a non-custodial parent. These guidelines typically use the whole income of the non-custodial parent, including: 

  • Wages
  • Government benefits
  • Investments; and/or
  • Other types of income

The Court also allows a non-custodial parent to subtract other financial obligations, such as taxes, health insurance premiums and the cost of raising other children. It is also important to note that, even when child support payments have been set via court order, they can be modified to account for changes in a parent’s financial situation, changes in custody, or changes in the children’s needs.

Overview of Child Custody Guidelines in California

In addition to child support, another sensitive and complex area of family law is child custody. Basically, child custody sets forth the legal relationship between a parent and their child, or children. If you and your spouse are able to separate amicably, you have the option to draft and submit a parenting plan to the court that details the period of time you and the other parent will have custody of your child, or children. Nevertheless, the court will ultimately decide child custody issues based on the best interests of the child. 

Have Questions about Child Support and Child Custody in Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, and Contra Costa County? Contact The Geller Firm Today

If you have questions related to the laws and guidelines governing child support and child custody in Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, or anywhere in Contra Costa County, California, now is the time to contact The Geller Firm. Our team of experienced and respected Lafayette child support and child custody attorneys are here to help. We are located in the San Francisco Bay Area and are proud to provide legal services in Lafayette and Contra Costa County, along with San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Pleasanton. Our legal team is available for virtual and in-person consultations. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.