Putting The Best Interests Of The Child First In Custody And Support Matters
Whether the parents of a child are divorcing, or they have never been married, issues may arise regarding how child custody and child support are to be handled. While there are state guidelines that govern how to approach these cases, it is important that the best interests of the children stay at the forefront of the case.
At Chason Family Law, P.C., we work to preserve the rights of our clients and protect their children in these issues as they arise during a divorce or a split between unmarried parents. With more than 20 years of providing high-quality legal representation to family law clients in Beverly Hills, the Los Angeles metro area and all of LA County, we are here to help throughout the entirety of the case.
Determining A Child’s Best Interests
When determining child custody arrangements in California, each parent has equal rights, and judges are committed to making a decision that supports the best interests of the child. There are two guiding principals considered during this process:
- The physical and emotional health, safety, and overall welfare of the child
- The benefits a child enjoys from maintaining relationships with both parents
Determining the best interests of children during divorce can be complex and emotionally straining even in the most amicable situations. It is vital you have an experienced child custody attorney working with you when such a profoundly important determination is at stake.
How Child Support Is Calculated
In California, child support is generally calculated according to a statute-set formula. Typically, the numbers entered into this formula include the income of both parents, the number of children and any additional considerations (such as health care or child care). The courts may take into account specific factors that may impact a parent’s ability to pay or their greater need.
Modifying Child Custody And Support Orders
When an existing court order regarding child custody or child support needs to be changed due to a drastic change in circumstances of one parent (such as the loss of a job or relocation), a modification can be initiated through the courts.