Seasoned Child Support Lawyer in Santa Barbara Offers Experienced Advice
A thorough understanding of child support challenges
The financial challenges that parents face in raising children are steep. When parents are divorced, the challenge becomes even greater. As a skilled divorce attorney and the founder of McCleary (Mac) H. Sanborn, III, Attorney at Law I offer strong and compassionate counsel as you seek to establish child support after divorce. My extensive experience helping clients obtained the child support they need and my knowledge of courtroom procedure in this area work to my clients’ advantage.
Common questions about child support
Child support refers to a calculated amount of money that a parent pays each month, often as determined by a judge, as a way of financially supporting his or her child during and after divorce. Some of the more common questions about child support are:
- Who pays child support? — Either parent can file for child support. However, it is often the parent with higher earnings who pays
- How is the monthly child support payment determined? — Parents can set a monthly figure for child support payments or a judge can determine the payment amount by applying a guideline set by the state of California. This guideline is determined through an analysis of several factors including each parent’s income, health insurance and how much time the child spends with each parent
- How long does child support apply? — The monthly payment of child support typically lasts until the child is no longer a minor (i.e., the age of 18) and has graduated from high school. Child support also ends when a child marries, joins the military or dies
Child support modification
A child support schedule can only be changed through a court order. The court typically modifies child support payments if there have been substantial changes in parent’s income, the child’s needs or the amount of time each parent spends with the child. Support orders are not changed lightly, so if you seek to modify yours, I can help.
Child support enforcement
Occasionally, a parent prematurely stops paying child support. If a parent chooses not to pay child support, he or she can be:
- Charged interest on past due payments
- Have wages garnished
- Be found in contempt of court, which may result in jail time
The local child support agency may be extremely helpful in enforcing child support. As an experienced attorney who puts you and your children first, I help to expedite the enforcement of child support payments.
Turn to me as your child support lawyer in Santa Barbara County
For a free consultation on your child support matter, call the office of McCleary (Mac) H. Sanborn, III, Attorney at Law serving clients in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, as well as Santa Ynez, Summerland, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Solvang, Buellton and Carpinteria. My office offers free parking and is conveniently located across from Whole Foods at State & Hitchcock, near La Cumbre Plaza. Email or call today at (805) 898-2501 to schedule an appointment.