The question on many parent’s minds during a divorce is when child support begins. Usually, one parent has a higher income than the other. In many cases, a parent did not work throughout the marriage. There are many factors which impact child support. However, when is the first check written?
The time child supports begins varies case-by-case. Typically, it is when the parents file for divorce. A parent can then request child support. The opposing parent has nine days to respond before a hearing is set for a temporary order. At the time of hearing, the parents will be able to provide their paperwork and a testimony. The court will then issue a decision. The parent must begin payments when the decision is made by the court.
There are a number of factors that determine child support payments. The court will calculate income, disabilities, schedules, day-care costs, and more. Currently, an order of $100 is required unless a parent is disabled, in jail, or receiving public benefits.
Child support cases are usually very drawn out with appeals. You do not need a family law attorney to file for child support. However, child support can be a battle. When this occurs, an attorney will fight for your best interest.
The Law Office of Eric Andrew Mercer provides family law attorney services in Sacramento, California. Contact our office whether you are concerned you are being pursued for an unfair amount or are not receiving the child support payment that you deserve. We are a strategic family law firm in Sacramento.