Child Support

Child Support Attorneys in San Francisco

Experienced Child Support Lawyers in Contra Costa, San Mateo, & Marin Counties

As part of a divorce (dissolution of a marriage or domestic partnership) or a parentage action, controversy will often arise over the amount of support payable by one party to the other. This is a heavy burden on any parent going through divorce and can also greatly impact the future of the children involved. 

At Van Voorhis & Sosna, we are are dedicated to working with our clients to determine what is both in the interest of the children and sensitive to parents' financial position.

For more information, please contact us online here or give us a call today to speak with our experienced San Francisco child support attorneys!

Key Factors in Determining Child Support in California

In California, child support is based on a complex calculation that takes into account:

  • Income 
  • Number of children
  • Time spent with the children 
  • Available tax deductions
  • Child care costs

A court will decide whether one parent will receive financial support from the other parent for the care of the couple's children. Whether a client is paying child support or receiving child support, we are experienced in ensuring that child support obligations are fair and appropriate.

We represent clients in their child support proceedings in San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Marin County, Alameda County, and Contra Costa County.

Child Support Modification: When and How to Adjust Payments

Life changes, and so do financial circumstances. If you are currently paying or receiving child support and your income or expenses have significantly changed, it may be time to consider modifying your child support order. Our experienced San Francisco child support attorneys can assist you in understanding the process and ensuring that any modification is fair and appropriate for your situation.

Some common reasons for modifying child support include:

  • Loss of employment or change in income
  • Change in custody or visitation arrangements
  • Medical or educational expenses for the child
  • Relocation of either parent

In order to modify a child support order, the court must be convinced that there has been a significant change in circumstances since the original order was issued. Our San Francisco child support attorneys can help you gather the necessary documentation and evidence to support your case and present it effectively in court.

Don't hesitate to contact Van Voorhis & Sosna LLP if you believe a child support modification may be necessary. We are here to help you navigate this complex legal process and ensure that your child's best interests are protected.

What Happens if a Father Doesn't Pay Child Support in California?

In California, failing to pay child support can result in various legal consequences for the non-paying parent. California prioritizes child support responsibilities and has implemented enforcement actions to guarantee that children obtain the financial support they require from both parents. Here are some potential consequences for a father who doesn't pay child support in California:

  • Wage Garnishment: The California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) can order an employer to withhold a portion of the non-paying parent's wages to satisfy the child support debt.
  • Tax Refund Interception: The state has the authority to seize the non-paying parent's state and federal tax refunds to settle overdue child support payments.
  • Property Liens: The DCSS can place a lien on the non-paying parent's property, such as a home or vehicle, which prevents the sale or transfer of the property until the child support debt is paid.
  • Bank Account Levies: The state can levy the non-paying parent's bank accounts to collect past due child support.
  • Contempt of Court: If a non-paying parent continues to ignore their child support obligations, they can be held in contempt of court, which may result in fines, jail time, or both.

It's crucial to note that the court may also mandate the non-paying parent to compensate the other parent for any costs incurred because of the absence of child support, including medical expenses or childcare fees.

Failing to pay child support in California can lead to serious legal consequences, including wage garnishment, driver's license suspension, tax refund interception, property liens, bank account levies, and potential contempt of court charges. Non-paying parents must address their child support obligations promptly to avoid these penalties.

Ready to Discuss Your Child Support Case? Contact Us Today

To speak to a Family Law lawyer about Divorce, Custody, Child or Spousal Support, Domestic Partnership, or other family law matters in San Francisco Bay Area, please contact us online or call us (415) 539-0422.

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