Child Support Attorneys in Upland
How is child support calculated?
Child support is determined using a formula, so many people assume that it is a straightforward process. It is not. All of the figures, percentages, hardships, and tax consequences must first be reviewed and considered before they can be included in the calculation. An experienced family law attorney can raise and address issues such as the income of each party; whether the income is W-2 income; whether there is overtime or occasional bonus income that has not been included; and which deductions may be included in the computation. Occasionally, it is even necessary to request that the court find the other parent's income based on ability to earn, or it may be necessary to conduct discovery to ensure that as much information as possible can be gathered.
If the parent is self-employed, many issues must be considered, such as whether or not the individual is disclosing his or her full business income or whether they should be charged with additional income as a result of deductible benefits they are receiving. In such a case, it may be beneficial to enlist an expert to conduct a cash-flow analysis of the parent's business and to determine if the following apply:
- Financial hardships, such as supporting children of another relationship
- Tax filing status
- Dependency exemptions
- New spouse income
- Mortgage interest and property tax information for each parent
- Timeshare, or the amount of time each parent has with the children
- Child care costs
- Healthcare reimbursements
Need a lawyer for child support in Upland, CA?
At the Law Offices of Heidi Romeo & Associates, a team of experienced family lawyers in Upland can make sure that no stone is left unturned in your fight for fair and equitable child support payments. They prepare the appropriate declarations and appear in court prepared to present their position as to what the child support calculations should include. When the Department of Child Support Services is involved, they speak with the child support officer on behalf of clients.
If necessary, the attorneys at the firm can file motions to modify or terminate child support; take action to enforce child support orders; or represent clients who have overpaid or who may be entitled to credits as a result of direct support they may have provided. The firm can represent clients who wish to ascertain past-due child support and establish a payment plan or can take action on behalf of clients who have concerns about seeking reimbursements for healthcare expenses.
Every child support case presents its own unique complexities. At the Law Offices of Heidi Romeo & Associates, the client comes first. The family law attorneys at the firm bring more than 40 years of collective legal experience to every case. Don't hesitate to contact the firm for a free case consultation.