As an experienced California child support modification law firm, Bowman & Associates understands that substantial changes in your ability to earn income can, and do, occur. You can lose your job, be demoted, be struck by a serious illness or injury, or be victim to a number of other factors that can substantially reduce your income, and your ability to pay child support or alimony.
Child support modifications, as with spousal support, require that there be a demonstrable change in material circumstances. However, the courts authority is more enduring than in spousal support matters and also limits the ability of parents to make separate child support agreements. The statewide uniform child support guideline must be conformed to when any modifications are considered. As such they are modifiable when the existing order does not match the current formula and standards for support subject to minimum requirements.
Factors that need to be considered in relation to child support include income and amount of time spent with the child. As far as income goes, there can be much more than simply how counting up how much each parent earns. Valuation of income includes paying close attention to the way that a person’s income might fluctuate. It involves comparing the amount a person is earning with the amount they truly have the ability to earn. When you choose Bowman & Associates, we will carefully examine all information. We will work hard to get you the results you need.
If you are the non-custodial parent and seek a modification, we will evaluate your needs and identify what the court will need from you to support your request. We will help you compile the medical, financial and employment records to document your need for a reduction in support.