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Carlsbad Child Support Lawyers

Helping You Understand and Follow California’s Child Support Guideline

The State of California has a mandated statutory guideline for calculating child support orders. This guideline is absolute, with the exception of a few very unique circumstances. The guideline for child support calculations takes into consideration a number of variables, most notably:

  • the number of children
  • the respective timeshare percentages of each parent with the children
  • the gross monthly income of each parent
  • the tax filing status of each parent
  • any relevant deductions influencing disposable income available to include health insurance
  • any child support paid for other children
  • union dues
  • mandatory retirement
  • and more

The formula also takes into consideration factors influencing each parent’s tax basis, such as possible deductions for dependents, mortgage interest and property taxes.

When parents separate, each is still responsible for financially providing for their children. Upon separating, one parent must ask the court to make an order that establishes child support, which is to be paid until the child reaches the age of 18 (or 19 in cases where the child is still in high school / living at home / or otherwise cannot provide for themselves).

At Griffith, Young & Lass, we want to help you avoid conflict in the courtroom whenever possible. Our Carlsbad child support attorneys can calculate your projected child support payments using the same guidelines as the court, and we can make suggestions for maximizing these payments in a way that benefits both you and your children. We can also help you prepare the necessary forms for getting or modifying child support as needed.

Make sure your financial wellbeing, and that of your children, is taken care of by contacting GYL for help with a child support order. Call (858) 371-5569 or contact us online to learn more.

Child Support Add-Ons

Child support add-ons are additions to the guideline child support order that are over and above the monthly amount of support ordered.

Generally, a family law court will always order that each party cover half of all uninsured medical expenses, including co-pays and deductibles as well as half of all childcare expenses incurred as a result of either parent working or obtaining training to become employed.

Some parents also agree on additional child support add-ons. Commonly agreed upon add-ons include:

  • extracurricular activity expenses
  • school tuition
  • travel expenses
  • other child expenses

*These expenses may or may not be ordered depending on the financial circumstances of the parties.

Modification of California Child Support Orders

A guideline child support order can be modified upward or downward anytime there is a significant change in the circumstances of either party warranting modification of the ordered amount for child support.

Whenever a modification is sought, it is imperative that a motion be filed as early as possible, as the modification will not take effect at any point earlier than the date on which the motion is filed. As such, if a child support obligor loses their job, receives a significant pay cut, or there is a significant change in the timeshare percentage with the children, the obligor must file a motion to modify or they will be ordered to continuing pay a child support amount that is unreasonably high considering the circumstances.

Our attorneys at GYL have experience seeking child support modification orders in all San Diego Family Courts, as well as in cases involving the Department of Child Support Services. Contact us today for help.

Child Support FAQs

How long does child support last?

Unless otherwise agreed to in writing between the parents, a parent’s obligation to provide child support ends when the minor child either turns 18 and has graduated from high-school or turns 19–whichever occurs first.

How does 50/50 custody affect child support?

A common misconception is that when the parents share child custody on a 50/50 basis there is no child support order. This is not the case. In fact, even in a 50/50 custody arrangement, a guideline child support order will be made if the circumstances warrant it. You will see this in a case where one parent makes a considerably higher income than the other.

What if I lose my job?

Call a child support lawyer and immediately file a motion to set child support at zero! The family court only has the ability to change your child support order from the day that a motion to modify is filed–no exceptions. The court will most likely modify the child support order to zero and order you to make job contacts until you find a job if you haven’t by the time of the hearing.

What is DCSS?

DCSS is the Department of Child Support Services. Just as the IRS represents the government’s interest in collecting our taxes, the DCSS represents the State of California’s interest in ensuring that child support is being paid and that children are being financially supported by both parents. A common misconception is that the DCSS represents the custodial parent in a child support case. This is not true. In fact, the DCSS often files motions on behalf of the non-custodial parent to reduce child support if the circumstances of the case warrant a reduction.

Failure to pay court-ordered child support in a timely manner can lead to serious problems. Set yourself up for success and ensure your children receive the financial support they need by aligning with our Carlsbad child support lawyers at GYL.

Contact us via our online contact form or by dialing (858) 371-5569.

Meet Our Team 

Honest. Fearless. Bold.
  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS
  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS
  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS
  • Shirin Asgari, Esq.
  • Eric Cowdery, Esq.
  • Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq.
  • Joshua Yee, Esq.
  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.
  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    John Griffith has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified as an expert in the area of family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to opening Griffith, Young & Lass, he worked as the managing partner of one of the largest family law firms in North County San Diego.
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  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    Catie E. Young excels in child custody cases and move-away trials. She has a unique approach to child custody cases and clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases. Since joining the firm, she has continuously brought her zeal and compassion to representing clients in child custody and domestic violence cases, and in December 2011, she became a partner at Griffith, Young & Lass.
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  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    Amy Lass, a certified family law specialist, was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting. Amy went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006.
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  • Shirin Asgari, Esq. Shirin Asgari, Esq.

    Associate

    Attorney Shirin Asgari has a broad spectrum of legal experience and has handled matters in family law, criminal law, business law, and national security law. Currently, she focuses on family law matters and is a strong advocate for the rights of her clients. She dedicates time and attention to the needs of each client and the unique circumstances their case presents.
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  • Eric Cowdery, Esq. Eric Cowdery, Esq.

    Associate

    Eric Cowdery earned his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees before earning his JD from Golden Gate University as part of the Honors Lawyering Program. He was admitted to the California Bar Association in 2013 and has been working diligently in the field ever since. Taking a personalized approach to each case, Eric Cowdery is committed to working with clients to help them through the often confusing and complex legal process of divorce.

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  • Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq. Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq.

    Associate

    Jeffrey Wittliff is extremely attentive to his cases and believes in thorough preparation and the value of regular client communication. Behind the scenes, he has an extensive background in research related to all areas of family law, propounding discovery when necessary, and negotiation to settle cases with opposing parties.
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  • Joshua Yee, Esq. Joshua Yee, Esq.

    Associate

    Attorney Joshua Yeereceived his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, from the University of California, San Diego. Joshua went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from University of San Francisco. His experience working with a local Certified Family Law Specialist solidified his desire to become a family law attorney. Since becoming an attorney, Josh has exclusively practiced in family law.
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  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq. Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.

    Associate

    Shaudi Malekzadeh is a Carlsbad family law attorney at Griffith, Young & Lass, advocating for the rights and interests of Southern California families in a variety of family law cases, such as child custody, alimony, spousal support, and the division of community property. She is committed to delivering effective legal representation to our clients, aggressively advocating for their legal rights, and offering compassionate legal advice.
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