Attempting to calculate the appropriate amount of financial support on your own can result in expensive missteps and confusion between parents. This makes it important to work with a spousal and child support attorney who can determine and secure a financial agreement that meets all parties' needs and best interests. At Hatherley Law in Visalia, CA, our certified family law specialists can help you navigate through these often complex and overwhelming proceedings. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys and learn more about your legal rights.
Alimony, or spousal support, is money paid by one spouse to the other after a divorce. This money serves to ensure both spouses can enjoy the same standard of living they shared while they were married. When determining an appropriate amount of spousal support, the court looks at several different factors, including:
- Length of marriage
- Each spouse’s age and health
- Each person’s earning capacity
Spousal support can be ordered for a specific period of time or can be indefinite. It is important to note that spousal support may be ordered in addition to child support.
An attorney from Hatherley Law will look out for both your and your child’s best interests and financial needs.
What is Child Support?
Child support is an amount of money paid from one parent to the other to help pay for their children’s clothes, food, schooling, and other necessities. Generally, child support only lasts until the child turns 18 years old, or possibly older depending on the circumstances. When a court calculates the proper amount of child support, it looks at different factors that may include:
- Each parent’s income
- The number of children
- Each child’s medical and healthcare needs
- Schooling and related expenses
The court also looks at how much time the child spends with each parent. If one parent has sole physical custody and the other parent just has visitation, the parent with visitation will pay child support to the parent with sole custody. Under almost all cases, child support is paid to the parent with which the child spends the most time. Even in cases of joint custody where the child spends equal time with each parent, one parent may be required to pay support to the other.
How an Attorney Can Help
The legal processes surrounding child and spousal support are often overwhelming to navigate without a lawyer. An attorney will look out for both your and your child’s best interests and financial needs. Working with an experienced family law specialist can save you time and money.
Because strict guidelines are used to calculate spousal and child support, you need to work with an attorney who understands these formulas. Many people who attempt to calculate these numbers on their own agree to terms that are far different than they are entitled to.
Choose Hatherley Law Today
All of our attorneys at Hatherley Law specialize in family law. As your attorneys, we are here to ensure you pay or receive the appropriate amount of spousal and child support. We can also ensure these orders are enforced and provide legal assistance in the event that modifications are needed. Whether you need spousal support, child support, or both, it is imperative that you work with attorneys who understand. Contact one of our certified family law specialists today.