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Child Support Can Have A Major Impact On Your Life

In the face of divorce, parents must consider not only how divorce affects themselves, but also how it affects their children – both emotionally and financially. Child support negotiations can be complex, but the process can be simplified with the help of an experienced child support attorney.

At Leigh K. Galyon, APC, in San Diego, we have more than 25 years of professional experience handling child support and spousal support negotiations. We will help you obtain a fair and reasonable support arrangement that allows you to raise your child in a safe and healthy environment and maintain your financial peace of mind. You can trust us to help you understand California’s child support guidelines, negotiate child support through mediation or litigation, enforce child support orders and modify orders when necessary.

Understanding California’s Child Support Guidelines

California law establishes mandatory child support guidelines based on several factors, including the parents’ incomes. Our firm can help you understand the basis and structure of these guidelines and how they apply to your situation. We can help you obtain support payments that best accommodate your financial circumstances and most appropriately provide for your child’s needs.

In particular, parents will need the following information to calculate the child support amount:

  • each parent’s gross income
  • the percentage of time each child spends with each parent
  • any available income tax deductions that the parents can claim, such as mortgage interest
  • mandatory payroll deductions, such as health insurance, pensions, and union dues
  • child care costs incurred by either parent

One way to negotiate child support is through the structured process of mediation, which provides a confidential forum for parents to negotiate a fair child support plan between themselves. Our skilled negotiators can guide you through the mediation process toward an equitable child support agreement. If mediation does not work out, parents may proceed to litigation to determine child support. Our firm knows how to methodically prepare for litigation to achieve a favorable support arrangement for your child based on your needs and goals.

Enforcing Child Support Orders

An important aspect of child support is enforcement. If a spouse has fallen behind on child support payments, you may need assistance to collect the money that rightfully belongs to your child. At Leigh K. Galyon, APC, we can guide you through the legal process of enforcing your child support order.

If financial problems put you in a different financial situation than when you and your spouse first divorced, which may lead to difficulty owing your support payment, we can also help you petition for modification of your order based on these circumstantial changes.

Working For Your Stability And Peace Of Mind

At Leigh K. Galyon, APC, we help clients navigate the San Diego child support and spousal support system. Whether you are seeking alimony or opposing the payment of spousal support, we can represent you.

Our clients come to us with a variety of concerns including how long spousal support can last, whether the amount of child support can be changed and how payments should be treated for income tax purposes. We have the necessary experience to answer your questions and help guide you through the process.

Work With Our Child Support Attorneys Today

If you need assistance with your child support case in San Diego, California, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced attorneys at Leigh K. Galyon, APC. You can reach us by calling 619-573-6125 or by filling out our online contact form. We can help you find the right financial footing after your divorce.