When Does Child Support Begin After a Divorce?

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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.

About the author 

Eric Mercer

Eric Mercer is the owner and primary attorney at the Law Office of Eric Andrew Mercer based in Sacramento, California, but represents clients all over California. He started his legal career as a patent litigator at an intellectual property law firm in Palo Alto, California. He formed his own law firm in 2009, where his practice includes family law, consumer law, and personal injury. His family law practice focuses on parents’ custody rights and support. His consumer practice focuses on individual and class action litigation involving mortgage loan servicing, foreclosure avoidance options, mortgage origination, foreclosure rescue scams, automobile fraud, and unfair debt collection. His personal injury practice focuses on bicycle and motorcycle accidents. He is experienced in California and federal courts through all phases of litigation, trial and appeal.

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