During divorce proceedings, each parent is concerned with what is in the best interest of the children. At the Law Offices of Sonya A. Bouma, PLC we believe that the children come first and we assist the parties with focusing on the children to reach a resolution that will be in the best interest of the child, be that establishing sole custody, joint custody or establishing a child visitation schedule.
Some of the factors that the parties may consider when considering custody and visitation of the children are the locations of the schools, the work schedule of each parent, the living environment, and the fitness of the parent.
California law requires courts to adhere to statewide uniform guidelines in setting child support orders. However, the Court Commissioner or Family Law Judge has the final authority to determine the amount of a child support order. If the parents cannot agree on child support, the judge will decide the child support amount based upon the guideline calculation.
The guideline calculation depends on the following factors:
- How much money the parents earn or can earn.
- How much other income each parent receives.
- How many children these parents have together.
- How much time each parent spends with their children.
- The actual tax filing status of each parent.
- Support of children from other relationships.
- Health insurance expenses.
- Mandatory union dues.
- Mandatory retirement contributions.
- The cost of sharing daycare and uninsured health-care costs, and
Child Support can also include the cost of special needs:
- Traveling for visitation from one parent to another.
- Educational expenses, and Other special needs.
Sonya A. Bouma is an experienced attorney in the area of Family Law. She represents both men and women throughout the California Central Valley, including Stanislaus County, San Joaquin County and Merced County. Contact the Law Offices of Sonya A. Bouma, PLC for a consultation: (209) 527-8700. You may also contact us via our website. At the Law Offices of Sonya A. Bouma, PLC we will walk you through the guidelines to ensure that the correct information is provided to the court when determining the applicable child support.