Child & Spousal Support

Parents are responsible for their children’s financial support, and child support orders typically require the non-custodial parent to provide financial support on behalf of minor children. 

Child Support in San Diego California 

Child support can be a major issue in divorces with minor children. Child support, which is paid by one spouse to the other, is based on several factors, including each spouse’s income and the time each parent spends with their children. The spouse receiving the child support is usually the one with the majority of the timeshare, or physical custody with the child(ren), and less income than the paying spouse.

In San Diego, there are two types of child support orders: governmental, and non-governmental. Governmental child support orders are cases filed or enforced by the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS), and those support orders are made by a child support commissioner, not a judge. Non-governmental child support orders can be made by a family law commissioner or a judge within the context of a family law case such as a divorce or paternity matter.

Get Legal Help With Experienced Child Support Attorneys In San Diego

JWB Family Law can help you determine which expenses you may be responsible for as part of a child support order, preparing you for the financial commitment that will be required on your part. We also assist custodial parents who need the expertise of a family law attorney in order to claim child support expenses and seek reimbursement for medical care, education, and extracurricular expenses for their children.

Spousal Support 

How Does Spousal Support Work in San Diego?

Spousal support (also known as alimony in other states) is intended to ensure the financial well-being of both parties involved in a divorce. Divorce is a life-changing event that causes a change in lifestyle, especially for individuals who don’t earn as much as their spouse.

Temporary spousal support is ordered by the Court upon the request of one of the parties to a divorce and is typically determined by a computer calculation, similar to child support.

Permanent spousal support is different. California State Law relies on several factors to calculate the amount and duration of permanent spousal support, giving the court discretion in setting the amount of support ordered. Factors such as need, ability, standard of living, and education are used by the court to determine whether a former spouse has a right to spousal maintenance.  The factors the Court must consider are codified in Family Code Section 4320.

We Have The Best Child and Spousal Support Attorneys in San Diego


Each divorce has its own set of unique circumstances that make the outcome of spousal support disagreements and other family law disputes different. Our team of family law attorneys and spousal support lawyers argue on your behalf, whether you are seeking or challenging a spousal support award.

In addition, JWB Family Law works with both custodial and non-custodial parents to ensure child support arrangements are fair to all parties involved by following California state guidelines.

Each family’s financial situation is unique. Income, the time spent with the children, and the number of children needing support all affect the amount of child support paid by the paying, or non-custodial, parent. Though the court uses statutory guidelines to order child support, a judge may deviate from these guidelines if he or she feels it is in the child’s best interest to do so.

In the event that you wish to reduce your support commitment due to a job loss or other significant change in financial status, we can draft and file a stipulation if the other parent is in agreement or a motion for a modification to the court on your behalf.

 

Are You Seeking Child Support or Spousal Support in San Diego?

 

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