Spousal And Child Support

Spousal support and child support are two very important issues for many families in Tulare County. Whether you are concerned about how much you will be ordered to receive or pay, it is absolutely vital that you have an attorney on your side with particular skills. Your lawyer must not only have an intimate understanding of California support laws, but an affinity for numbers as well.

We know numbers. Whether your marriage involves self-employment, retirement accounts and pensions, or other complex income sources, we have the knowledge and experience to help.

At the family law office of the Law Offices of Ashley Philpot Mattos, you have that kind of representative. Attorney Ashley Philpot Mattos has extensive experience with the Tulare County Department of Child Support Services, and the ability to accurately interpret and analyze financial data to help ensure that your rights are protected.

How Does The Child Support Formula Apply To You?

In California, child support is determined by a specific guideline calculation and can be modified if necessary. Understanding the complicated financial data and how the algebraic formula works are important in either determination.

The calculation is dependent on many factors such as:

  • Actual and potential earning capacity of the parents
  • Other sources of income
  • Number of children
  • Tax filing status
  • Current support obligations
  • Mandatory retirement contributions
  • Day care and health care costs

Spousal Support: Get It Right The First Time

Spousal support or alimony is not regulated by a specific formula. The judge has much more discretion in ordering temporary or permanent spousal support or a lump sum. Spousal support can be modified under certain circumstances, but it could also be waived or lost. It is absolutely imperative that you get the wording and the amount right, because there can be serious implications in the future.

Factors that can be considered include:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Standard of living during the marriage and potential hardships
  • Actual and potential earning capacity of each spouse
  • Marital contributions to education, career training and professional licensure
  • Extent that employment opportunity was impaired due to domestic duties
  • Age and health of each spouse
  • Any other factors relevant to the determination

Call Today To Discuss Your Situation. Se Habla Español.

Whether you need to address a new support issue or request a child support modification, contact our law office to discuss your matter with our exceptional attorney. We represent individuals throughout the state. Call us at 559-739-7371 or submit your information online.