Child Support

Los Angeles Child Support Lawyer

Determinations of child support made at the time of divorce or during a paternity case can affect both parents and children until the child's emancipation at the age of 18 or 19. Whether you are seeking child support or you need legal help with an unfair child support order, an experienced lawyer can protect your rights in court.

At Nathans Family Law APC, we have 25 years of extensive experience in court proceedings to determine child support orders at the time of divorce or separation, and in modification hearings when a custody or visitation schedule changes or incomes have changed.

Whether you are seeking to collect child support or need legal help to protect yourself against unfair and high child support orders, we can represent your interests in family court. Contact our Los Angeles law office to schedule an initial FREE consultation.

Child Support Modification in Los Angeles
Facts and situations often change, including a parent's income or custodial timeshare with the minor children, which may be grounds for a modification of the order. Attorney Michael Nathans can pursue a new support order.

Obtaining Child Support Payments
Child support determinations are based on California's Child Support Guidelines, taking into account the child custody arrangements, the incomes of each parent, and the needs of the child. Under California family law, both parents are responsible for providing appropriate support for their children.

As your child support lawyer, Mr. Nathans' role is to ensure that all the financial facts are presented in order to ensure that the child support that is ordered is fair and appropriate. This is not always easy, as some parents do not present an accurate accounting of their finances and hide income. When needed, our firm can work with an investigator to uncover hidden assets and income so the child receives the support he or she is due.

Enforcement of Child Support
If you have an existing child support order and you are owed back child support, we can help you take legal action to collect unpaid child support payments. California child support law provides a number of penalties for parents who have not paid support, or who are behind on their child support payments. There are things we can do to enforce child support collections and get you the support you need.

Child Support Calculations in California
Child support is usually paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent to contribute to the cost of the child's upbringing. The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child resides the majority of the time. If the child resides an equal amount of time with each parent, the parent with the lower income may still be entitled to child support. Under California child support law, payment amount is determined under statewide guidelines.

The child support formula is based on:

  1. Gross incomes of the parents
  2. Amount of time the child spends with the non-custodial parent
  3. Cost of childcare including health insurance
  4. Living situations considering other children living with either parent

Whether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent, our Los Angeles child support attorney can offer helpful counsel to make certain that your child's rights and interests are protected.

Defense if Your Child Support Order Is Unfair or Too High or You Are Facing Legal Consequences for Unpaid Child Support

The State of California cracks down hard on parents who are in arrears with their child support, imposing criminal penalties, wage garnishment, and even suspending a parent's drivers' license to get them to pay. But sometimes, the State's actions are wrong or unfair.

If you are likely to owe child support payments after a divorce or paternity case, we will make sure that your child support order is fair and within your means, and that you have been given all the deductions and credits you deserve.

If the other parent has lied in their initial support petition or request for modification, we will work to bring the truth to light. If they have claimed support was not paid but there is evidence that it was, we will bring that evidence to court. We have a lot of experience defending against these suits and helping people negotiate and deal with Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department.

Attorney Michael Nathans is one of the few family law attorneys who has 25 years of significant experience handling cases where unfair child support orders or judgments have been obtained by LA County Child Support Services. We will fight to have unfair child support orders corrected and unfair judgments reversed.

If you are having trouble making your child support payments, contact us before a financial challenge becomes a legal nightmare. We defend non-custodial parents accused of failing to pay child support or owing back support who are now facing the loss of a driver's license. We will protect your right to work and your need for transportation.

Picking the Right Lawyer Is the First Step in Winning Your Case.

We provide compassionate and result-driven family law advocacy in divorce, custody and child support. Contact our Los Angeles child support lawyer to schedule an initial FREE consultation. We accept most credit cards.

We want to help you.

Nathans Family Law APC is located in Los Angeles, California and serves clients in Los Angeles County, including Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Burbank, Culver City, Encino, Glendale, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Hollywood, North Hollywood, Norwalk, Pomona, San Fernando, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Torrance, Van Nuys, Westwood, South Bay, and El Segundo, CA.