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Child support in California is determined using a state-wide guideline formula that is required to consider certain financial realities, and to ignore others completely. For instance, it is often described as an "income driven" equation because your personal expenses are, for the most part, irrelevant. Instead, the key factors are the relative income streams of the parties and their respective custodial timeshare percentages with the kids. Other factors include the following:

  • the number of children in a family
  • whether there are children from other relationships for whom support must also be paid (or who reside with a parent)
  • health care costs
  • day care expenses
  • tax filing status and who claims the dependency exemptions
  • special needs' children
  • extraordinary health costs for a parent

Often, the battle over child support amounts centers on the parents' reported, actual, or imputed income. It is not uncommon for self-employed business owners to run a number of personal expenses through their enterprises which really should be added back in determining a party's cash flow that is available for support. Ureported income is a recurring problem. Sometimes a custodial parent is reluctant to work, or has taken a position at wages below other jobs that are available to he or she.

In all these situations, you need a dependable child support attorney with a proven record of success.

Attorney Barbara E. Kristal provides reliable assistance and expertise to parents throughout the Coachella Valley who are in the process of ending their marriages, or have children but never married. We provide quality legal services that are designed to ensure that our clients obtain fair, appropriate results when child support is at issue.


Contact Rancho Mirage Child Support Attorney Barbara E. Kristal today for your initial consultation.

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Rancho Mirage Office:
Phone: 760-324-3212
Address: 69730 Highway 111, Suite 209, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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Phone: 760-779-4535
Address: 74075 El Paseo, Suite A-11, Palm Desert, CA 92260