Divorce can be painful and oftentimes complicated. This is especially true when children are involved. San Diego child support isn’t just about money. In a city like San Diego, where the cost of living and education prices can be high, having a standardized approach to child support is a necessity. Here are some things you should know:
Your Support Amount Depends on Custody Time
This means proving the percentage of time a child spends with each parent in as much detail as possible. San Diego child support depends on how much time you have with your child. For example, if you have 50/50 timeshare with the other parent, then the amount will depend on your income, rather than the timeshare. Using an experienced family law mediator is beneficial to all parties involved.
Child Support Calculation Isn’t Subjective
What this means is the way the court requires a specific calculation based on timeshare, income, and other factors. Both parent’s gross income will be considered in addition to the amount of time a child spends with each parent. Attempts will be made to create an amount that will be high enough to support the child while trying to not be so high the paying parent can’t stay self-sufficient. However, having a low income will not excuse a parent from making payments. Therefore there isn’t a way to dodge the payments through not working, working for low income, or filing for bankruptcy. Both parents can agree to an amount that is below guideline support (or above) as long as the child’s needs are met.
You Must Pay Child Support
San Diego child support payments can’t be rescinded due to a parent’s inability or refusal to pay. In addition to the previously mentioned methods of trying to lower or avoid payments, a parent can’t “give up” visitation or obligation to a child. It is, in fact, important to note that the less time spent with the child will actually increase the amount of child support owed. This is due to the added financial and time constraints on the primary caregiver. Having a mediator experienced in family law can aid parents having difficulty making payments as well as parents struggling to receive regularly appointed child support.
San Diego Courts Take Child Support Seriously
While it can be frustrating and hurtful to navigate child support, it is critical to remember that the money is for the child. There is a myriad of financial needs a child has and it is the obligation of the parents to meet those needs. California law and San Diego courts place the child’s welfare above all other concerns. Even if payments feel unfair or there are other emotions involved, once the child support is designated to a parent it must be paid.
In San Diego, support awards are modified all the time. The courts are aware that there are fluctuations and unforeseeable changes to income, parent availability, and employability. When these things apply to your situation, please contact a family law mediator to help you request adjustments. It is a far better alternative to avoiding payments.
Need help calculating child support? Call San Diego Family Mediation Center at (858) 736-2411. We can help you calculate your payment and develop a parenting plan that works for both parties.