Modifying Family Law Orders In California

During their adult lifetimes, most people relocate about twelve times. Some people move to get away from family, be closer to friends, or to get a fresh start in life; many more people relocate because of a job change or to be closer to family. Most all these moves occur before age 50, so each relocation often brings challenges in terms of child custody and family support. A few states…

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What Can I do if I Think My Child Support Amount is Too High?

There are a variety of reasons why a child support amount ordered may be unreasonable for the payor to pay each month. California child support is calculated off of a standard statewide formula that takes into account mainly parental income and the residential time distribution of the child between the two parents. Both of these significant factors can easily change after the date the order is put into effect. As…

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What Will Happen to My Residential Time if I Move Overseas?

After a divorce, things will change. Even though you may have court orders that outline when and where you should be spending time with your child, eventually down the road you may no longer be able to accommodate this schedule, through no fault of your own. Today, moving overseas temporarily or permanently for your career is a common occurrence in some industries. In many cases, this could be a great…

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What Happens to Spousal Support if My Former Spouse Remarries?

Spousal support is often a high-conflict area of divorce law. Spousal support, also called alimony, is generally temporary financial support provided to the spouse who is not self-supporting. Spousal support can also be ordered permanently, if it is unlikely that spouse will never become self-supporting. Spousal support is usually modified or terminated when there is a significant change in circumstances that was not foreseeable at the time the support was…

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Post-Judgment Modifications: Can Spousal Support Change?

Spousal support is generally meant to be only temporary with the purpose of helping the supported spouse eventually become self-supporting. It isn’t payment for wrong doings or retribution for anything; it is awarded by the courts solely to ensure the spouse with less financial resources will not suffer greatly as a result of the divorce. It is also awarded in cases where there are minor children still at home. Both…

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Income and Child Support: What Happens When There is a Change in Circumstances?

Child support is based off of standard formulas that take into account, mainly, the time each parent spends with the child or children, based off of the custody and timesharing agreements, and the parents’ net income. Both these factors can change dramatically post-divorce and so there are procedures in place for changing, also called modifying, a child support order. If you are like many concerned parents, you want your child…

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Cohabitation and Spousal Support: Where Responsibilities Lie

Spousal support represents a spouse’s obligation to provide financial support to a spouse in need after a divorce or separation. However, spousal support is generally not meant to be permanent. Lifetime spousal support may be awarded in certain circumstances, but in most cases, there will be terms with which the spousal support amount is tied to. For marriages less than ten years, support is generally awarded for half the length…

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How is a Child Support Order Modified?

Child support is often a long commitment, usually lasting until your child turns 18 or stops attending high school full time. However, child support is calculated off of a standard formula as set forth by the State of California. It is based mainly off of parental income and residential time, although these both fluctuate throughout the course of a child’s upbringing. Significant changes in income or residential time may warrant…

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