Child and Spousal Support Lawyer in Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia
Not every divorce includes spousal support.  However, a divorcing couple with children must determine child support before divorce can be finalized.  Under California laws, parents have the responsibility to provide for their children’s welfare.  Our spousal and child support law firm in Victorville helps people calculate child support, reach agreements outside of court, or litigate through trial if necessary to resolve disputed child support issues.  The Law Office of Annie E. Lewis also assists couples with spousal support settlements when necessary and appropriate for a couple’s situation.

California laws on child support
California courts have the power to order child support. When ordered by the court, child support orders are generally separate orders from spousal support. But if a couple reaches an agreement that incorporates both child support and spousal support, the court does not have to create two separate orders.

California guidelines determine the amount of child support that must be paid when parents cannot reach an agreement. The guidelines base child support on the following:

  • Earning potential
  • Each parent’s income
  • Number of children
  • Time each parent spends with their children
  • Parents’ tax filing status
  • Support paid for children from other relationships
  • Health insurance
  • Mandatory retirement contributions
  • Union dues
  • Shared daycare cots
  • Educational expenses
  • Special needs

Legal help from a spousal support lawyer Victorville
In some divorces, the court may order that one spouse pays support to the other spouse, which is referred to as spousal support. The court considers a number of factors when ordering spousal support, such as:

  • Marriage duration
  • Spouses’ ages
  • Spouses’ assets and debts
  • Each spouse’s health condition
  • Income earned by each spouse
  • Expenses
  • Minor children at home
  • Contributions to other spouse’s education or training
  • Spouse’s ability to pay
  • Marital standard of living
  • Domestic violence history/convictions
  • Tax consequences
  • Hardships
  • Goal of self-support

Spousal support can be temporary or permanent but in most cases only lasts until a spouse is self-supportive.
Arrange a consultation with a child and spousal support lawyer in Victorville

By discussing your child support and spousal support issues with a Certified Family Law Specialist, who is an experienced spousal support and child support lawyer in Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley and other areas served by the courts of the High Desert of San Bernardino County, California, you can understand applicable laws and take the best approach to resolving your issues.  Contact the Law Office of Anne E. Lewis online or call 760-955-2500 today to schedule a consultation.