Understanding Child And Spousal Support

Child Support

In California, the courts are required to use child support guidelines to make child support orders. It is important to be represented by a lawyer who knows about the guideline and is familiar with the computer programs used to determine the guideline.

Our experienced attorneys have represented numerous clients in child support agreements and at child support hearings. Attorney Carla Boyd Terre is a certified family law specialist* and an AV Preeminent** attorney.

If you are the paying party, we have the experience to make sure that you are not paying anymore than you are required to pay. If you are the receiving party, we will make sure that you are receiving the correct amount of support.

Spousal Support

During the process of dissolving a marriage or domestic partnership, one party may be entitled to receive temporary spousal support to financially assist them as they go through the dissolution process.

After the dissolution process is resolved, it may be appropriate for one party to pay the other party spousal support for a period of time. This determination is made by considering a long list of factors that are set out in the family code.

We will discuss with you whether it is appropriate for you to be receiving or paying spousal support. We will help you to get the best possible financial outcome for your particular situation.

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