There are many factors a court will consider in its order for child support and spousal support. At the Law Office of Michael L. Seidman, we have seen a variety of situations in the cases we have handled. In child support and alimony matters, we can help you collect the support you are owed or defend you against unmanageable obligations. In this area of practice, an experienced attorney can protect your immediate and long-term financial interests.
Call us at 661-324-2515 or contact us by e-mail to schedule a free consultation.
Child support determinations are based on the income of the parties, the custody arrangement between both parties, and any special needs of the child. Our attorneys are experienced in helping primary custodial parents collect the child support they need to effectively handle day-to-day living expenses. The best outcome is one in which child support payments are both proper and fair.
Spousal support is either temporary or permanent. Temporary support is typically ordered to maintain the status quo of the parties pending trial and the division of their assets and obligations. Maintaining the status quo means to maintain as closely as possible the living conditions and standards that the parties enjoyed while they were married.
Permanent support can be ordered as part of the judgment of dissolution or legal separation and can be ordered in any amount and for a period of time that the court determines is just and reasonable. Determinations are calculated based on the income of both parties, the education and potential opportunities for a dependent spouse, any agreements made during the marriage, the duration of the marriage, and the standard of living prior to divorce.
Whether you are a dependent spouse seeking support or you oppose alimony or support obligations, it is important to consult with a lawyer. We work to get a fair result for our client.
Enforcement and Modifications
In addition to helping our clients protect their rights at the time of an original order, we also assist you in seeking enforcement or modification of an existing child support or spousal support order.
A modification may be a good option if you or your spouse have undergone a significant change in circumstances, such as the loss of a job or injury. You can seek to lower obligations if a dependent spouse has remarried, received a promotion and pay raise, or has added another source of income. We are experienced in helping our clients seek modifications as well as in using appropriate legal tools to enforce court orders.
Call 661-324-2515 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with a family lawyer. We are located in Bakersfield, California, and serve clients in Kern County and throughout the Southern Central Valley.