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Child Support

Carlsbad Child Support Attorney

Protect Your Family, Future, and Financial Security

At Apogee Law Group, our experienced team of family law attorneys in California understands the importance of child support and the critical role it plays in providing for children's well-being. We are dedicated to helping parents navigate the complexities of child support laws in California with compassion and expertise. Our attorneys are well-versed in the guidelines and factors that determine child support calculations, ensuring fair and reasonable financial arrangements that prioritize the best interests of the child.


Whether you need assistance in establishing, modifying, or enforcing child support orders, our firm is here to provide comprehensive legal support, tailored to your unique circumstances. We strive to achieve positive outcomes that promote stability and financial security for your child's future. Trust our firm to protect your rights and advocate for your child's best interests in all child support matters in California.


Need help with your child support arrangement in Carlsbad? Contact the Apogee Law Group today at (858) 933-4511 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help.

Child Support FAQs

How is Child Support Calculated?

In California, child support is calculated based on a formula established by state law. The primary factors considered in the calculation include the incomes of both parents, the amount of time eac h parent spends with the child, and certain deductions and adjustments. The formula takes into account each parents gross income, which includes wages, salaries, commissions, bonuses, self-employment income, rental income, and other sources of income. It may also consider factors such as unemployment benefits, disability benefits, and retirement income. 


Other variables, such as health insurance premiums, mandatory retirement contributions, and certain expenses related to the childs needs, may be factored into the calculation as well. Additionally, the formula considers the number of children the parents have together and any children from previous relationships that a parent is financially responsible for. Once these factors are determined, the court applies the California Child Support Guideline formula, which calculates the basic child support obligation. The guideline takes into account both parents income and the percentage of time each parent spends with the child. The noncustodial parent typically pays a percentage of their income to the custodial parent as child support.

Its important to note that while the guideline formula provides a starting point for child support calculations, judges may exercise discretion to deviate from the guideline amount under certain circumstances. Consulting with an experienced family law attorney can help you understand how the child support calculation applies to your specific situation and navigate any complexities that may arise.

How Long Do I Have to Pay Child Support?

In California, the duration of child support payments generally extends until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. However, there are certain circumstances where child support obligations can continue beyond this age:

  1. If the child is still in high school at the age of 18, support will typically continue until the child graduates or turns 19, whichever happens earlier.

  2. If the child has a physical or mental disability that prevents them from being self- supporting, child support may continue beyond the age of 18.

  3. Parents can agree to extend child support beyond the statutory age through a written agreement or court order.

Its important to consult with a family law attorney to fully understand your specific situation and the applicable laws that govern child support duration. They can provide personalized guidance based on the circumstances of your case.

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