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Child & Spousal Support

Los Angeles Child Support & Spousal Support Attorney

Child Support Law

For parents going through a divorce, the security and welfare of their children is usually the primary concern. To ensure that your spouse is held legally responsible for their parental obligations, it’s important to retain a competent lawyer.

We here at the Law Office of Dennis M. Schuster are highly knowledgeable in all aspects of family law, and we’ll help you grasp a clear understanding of your rights and responsibilities during this emotionally charged time. We will do everything possible to reach a fair agreement that ensures the well-being of all children involved.

Typically, the parent who is not awarded primary custody is responsible for providing the custodial parent with financial support for the care of the child. Payments are usually made on a monthly basis. The court orders the child support based on several factors:

  • The number of children requiring support. Child support payments will increase with the number of children needing support.

  • The division of custody between the parents. For the non-custodial parent, support payments will generally increase with a lower percentage of visitation time.

  • The annual income of each of the parents. Ordinarily, the court will order support based upon the annual income of both parents.

It’s important to remember that when a court orders child support, the ordered amount is not set in stone. Modifications can be made at a later date to adjust the amount of the payments to account for changes in income or employment and the child’s evolving needs. Retaining a competent family law attorney can help you to obtain a fair court order and ensure prompt receipt of ordered payments.

Spousal Support Law

Historically referred to as alimony, spousal support describes money paid by one spouse to another during and after a divorce. We here at the Law Office of Dennis M. Schuster are highly experienced in the area of spousal support, and will work to help ensure that a fair and advantageous settlement is reached.

The amount of spousal support decreed by the courts can vary widely. Many different factors are taken into consideration, including:

  • The income and occupation of each spouse

  • Any investments, pensions, or ancillary incomes

  • The length of the marriage

  • The prior standard of living to which each spouse was accustomed

  • Any history of abuse in the marriage

If a spousal support order is justified, it’s important to consult with a competent family law attorney to ensure that an appropriate and fair order is reached.

We here at the Law Office of Dennis M. Schuster are highly experienced in the area of spousal support, and we will do all we can to reach a fair and equitable result.