Fairly Calculating Child Support

"Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof," opined author Richard Bach.

When one roof becomes two in a separation or divorce, it can feel like your whole life has collapsed. Conflicts over child support and other financial matters can complicate the situation greatly. This is one of the areas in which having the right lawyer can be critical.

At Sena Family Law & Mediation Practice in San Francisco, we will work closely with you to make sure that every factor that should be legally considered is made clear to the judge when he or she creates a child support order. These factors may include but are not limited to:

  • Each party's income
  • Tax status
  • Specific deductions and expenses
  • Number of children
  • Amount of time in each parent's care

Cheryl A. Sena is a certified family law specialist, which means she has the in-depth experience and skill to effectively represent your interests.

Do You Need To Enforce An Existing Child Support Order?

Child custody and support are often the most disputed areas in divorce negotiations, because they affect both emotions and money. Sometimes, a noncustodial parent will refuse to pay support because the other parent is refusing to let him or her see the children.

Under California law, however, the two matters are separate. The noncustodial parent must pay child support, regardless of whether the custodial parent adheres to the parenting plan or not. Likewise, failure to pay child support is not a valid reason for refusing to allow the other parent to spend time with the children.

In circumstances where a parent refuses to pay the court-ordered support, attorney Cheryl A. Sena can help enforce the order. In some cases, this may involve garnishing the other spouse's wages, placing liens on his or her property or bringing contempt of court proceedings.

Do You Need To Modify A Support Order?

Our family law lawyer can also assist you if circumstances change and the child support order needs to be modified. If you become unemployed, you agree to a new parenting plan or you experience another significant change in circumstances, it may be possible to adjust the support obligation accordingly.

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Learn how our attorney's decades of legal experience can benefit you in any family law matter. Call Sena Family Law & Mediation Practice at 415-906-2556 or send us an email to arrange a free initial consultation.