When you have made the difficult
decision to seek a divorce or have been served with a Petition
for Dissolution of Marriage, one of your first concerns will be how you will support
yourself and your children.
You may have questions about how you will meet child
support obligations, especially if you remarry and have another family. If you choose the
traditional path and take your child support issues to court a judge will issue an order
for support which may or may not be in your best interest.
If, however, you settle this issue through Mediation or
the Collaborative Law process you will be able to take control of the outcome.
California Child Support Guidelines
Judith understands that the California child support
guidelines can be confusing. She will take the time to explain the law and to help you
identify your own needs and concerns. She will also help you determine whether your
children have any special needs that require extra attention and whether the guidelines
will adequately address those needs.
You are not bound by the California child support
guidelines if you and your ex-spouse jointly agree to fashion your own child support
order. You can include provisions in your agreement that address what you will do if
circumstances change and the order needs to be modified.
Your agreement can also address how you will share
financial responsibility for medical costs, childcare, extracurricular activities and
education. These items can be included either in an initial order or a modification of the child support order.
At the Law and Mediation Offices of Judith C. Nesburn,
located in Los Angeles, the focus is on alternative means of dispute resolution in all
divorce and family law matters, including child support payment.
|Attorney Judith C. Nesburn has been practicing law since
1986, representing individuals throughout the Greater Los Angeles area in divorce and
family law disputes. The combination of her legal expertise and her prior years of
experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker uniquely qualifies Judith as an effective
advocate and compassionate ally for her family law clients. Please contact Judith to discuss how you can use Mediation or
a Collaborative Law approach to resolve your child support and family law matters.