Child & Spousal Support
West Los Angeles Child Support Attorneys
At Golsan Ziff & Ziff, in west Los Angeles, California, we have extensive experience resolving child support issues for clients throughout Southern California. Our knowledgeable attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients achieve the best possible results in these often complex and important matters.
In California, children are entitled to be supported by both their parents. But, your financial circumstances need to be carefully considered to determine what that means. Your attorney's role is to help protect your interests during child support computations.
The California Child Support Guidelines
In California, the amount of child support to be paid or received is calculated according to a formula, part of available computer programs used by almost all family law professionals to determine child and spousal support payments in the state of California. Generally, payment is based on factors such as the noncustodial parent's income and the number of children involved. Support can include cash payments, payment of health insurance for the child and for the reasonable health care costs not covered by insurance, as well as payment for child care.
It may seem like the guidelines are straightforward, but they can be much more complex than parents anticipate. Failure to enter in the correct information into the program in precisely the right way can yield false and expensive results. At Golsan Ziff & Ziff, we have extensive experience with support calculations. We can help you evaluate your obligation, whether that means presenting your case to the court or helping you understand how the information is accurately used.
Spousal Support And Alimony Lawyers
We help our clients in matters related to alimony (sometimes called spousal support or spousal maintenance), including divorces and modification of existing court orders. We use extensive experience to make sure that the correct amount of support is paid or received, and that our clients' interests are protected.
California has some of the most liberal alimony laws in the country, but anticipating a court's determination of a spousal support matter can be difficult. Spousal support orders require a complicated analysis of statutory and other factors and are up to the court's discretion.
Spousal support judgments require a complicated analysis of statutory and other factors and are in great part up to the court's discretion. We will assist you in preparing for assessing these issues and appropriate results.
At Golsan Ziff & Ziff, we prepare our cases carefully and are aware of the case intricacies that can affect the amount of support you pay or receive or the duration of payment. We often encourage our clients to consider mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods, so they gain greater control of the outcome than they would otherwise have in California courtrooms.
Enforcement And Modification Of Child Support And Alimony
We can help parents collect overdue child support or alimony. We can also defend against enforcement actions. Lawyers at our firm can also have support orders modified when there has been a substantial change in circumstances.
Both child support orders and spousal support or alimony orders may be modified. If you are subject to an existing court order, you should know that it takes another court order to make legally recognized changes. Just agreeing to a change is not enough. Many people run into trouble when they verbally agree to a change. Later, when disagreements arise, they find that this unofficial change is unenforceable in courts. Some have even found themselves responsible for very large determinations owed in back support payments because they did not modify their existing agreement with an official court order.
Contact us by calling 310-342-2818 to schedule a confidential consultation with a family law attorney at our west LA law firm. Evening and weekend appointments are available by special arrangement. Our offices are conveniently located in Culver City, off the 405. Free parking.