Orange County Child Support Mediation Lawyer
As parents consider filing for divorce in California, one of the most contentious issues involves child support. Except in cases of extremely high-income individuals, the state applies a formula to calculate the minimum amount of child support a noncustodial parent will be obligated to pay. The calculation considers the parents’ income and any expenses for a child’s special needs, as well as any child support obligations from a previous marriage.
Specific issues related to child support are open to negotiation in a mediated settlement. These can include:
- Supplemental support for private education
- Additional income for religious upbringing expenses
- Special support for camps, athletics and social activities
- Money required for special health care insurance, medications or treatment
- Family trips and vacation expenses
When couples begin the mediation process and start talking about child support guidelines and real dollars, economic reality comes into play. Prior to discussing child support you will be asked to fill out an income and expenses statement. The parties review each other’s income and expenses, particularly against what the state formula dictates. Each person has the benefit of coming to mediation informed with real numbers about the real costs of raising a child. Throughout mediation, we take this information into consideration until finding a workable settlement.
The Financial Numbers Can Be Sobering
With real numbers in hand, it is easier for parties to see child support as a means of protecting the child’s welfare, rather than as partly alimony or spousal support. During mediation, the parties work to find an amount that makes financial sense for all parties. Child support is where the rubber meets the road in terms of economic reality.
Don’t Let Child Support Turn Into Costly And Emotional Litigation
Mediation is a proven way for parties to remain in control of the costs and emotions that are often part of child support disputes. Our attorney has been a California divorce mediation professional for more than 25 years. We have seen parties use mediation to close gaps that would have taken lawyers many hours and thousands of dollars to litigate in court.
As an experienced child support mediation attorney serving Newport Beach, Irvine and other cities in Orange County, our lawyer understands your concerns about child support. We provide California divorce mediation and family law negotiation services for clients throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County. Contact our office to arrange a free consultation about mediation services.
Experience And Credentials
Our attorney has held the highest AV Preeminent rating* in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system since 1984. He has been listed among America’s Best Lawyers for Orange County family law, and enjoys a current listing among the Los Angeles Times Super Lawyers for Orange County.
Contact An Experienced Newport Beach Child Support Modification and Mediation Attorney
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