Support And Protection Of Children Following The End Of Your Relationship
Child support in our state is determined by a complex set of support guidelines that judges must use. The law requires judges to look at many different factors, including:
- Each parent’s gross income, which includes salary, commissions, potential income, pension benefits and more
- The educational and medical needs of the child
- What the child’s standard of living would be if both parents were living together
- Each parent’s debts
- What the child custody arrangements are
What If You Are Self-Employed?
Self-employed people generally do not have the typical “pay stubs” that most other workers get, so it can be quite complicated to show the court what your income really is or to understand the income of the other self-employed party. I am highly experienced in analyzing financial documents and records to give judges a fair and accurate view of the financial situation.
How Does Paternity Factor In?
At my firm, I consult with fathers and mothers who wish to establish paternity in order to obtain child support, and fathers who wish to assert parental rights or challenge paternity. If a father has not signed a declaration of paternity when the child is born, he may need to get court orders to obtain and enforce his parental rights.
Focused On The Children
In child support matters, it is important that you and your lawyer do not lose sight of the fact that your child’s best interests are the driving factor in child support determinations. My goal as your attorney will be to ensure, to the best of my ability, that I present the judge with a fair and complete picture of your family so that an appropriate support award can be made. I routinely resolve child support matters through mediation services I provide in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
The Law Office of Shelley A. Gordon offers a free 10-minute phone consultation to discuss your preliminary concerns or answer a brief question. If you are interested in a more in-depth meeting to discuss specific issues and obtain advice, I offer an affordable flat fee initial office consultation for $200.