As an experienced Long Beach family law attorney, I deal with child support issues on a daily basis. This post is the first in a series to provide you with the information needed to understand how the court will decide the issues in your Long Beach child support case. The issue of child support most frequently arises in a divorce action, but child support is also awardable in paternity actions under the Uniform Parentage Act and in public assistance reimbursement proceedings.
As a Long Beach child support attorney, complex issues often arise in the determination of an appropriate child support award and monthly payment amount to be paid by a parent. An issue which frequently arises involves a parent who is willfully unemployed or underemployed by working part time or in a job below the skill level or employment experience of the parent for purposes of diminishing the amount of income available for child support. The court has wide discretion in determining a fair amount of child support in those cases and the services of a superior Long Beach child support attorney are required to ensure a proper result.