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California state law and spousal support determinations

Not all marriages last forever. Just ask the nearly 50 percent of people involved in marriages that didn't last. Divorce doesn't need to be a negative thing, merely a mark that a change in a person's life is coming. When a couple decides to divorce, there are many topics that need to be considered. One of those may be spousal support.

In California family court, college is not automatic

As is the case with other states, California requires parents to support their children until the children are legal adults. Specifically, parents have an obligation to pay child support until the child turns 18. If the child remains in high school, then parents must support him until he graduates, drops out or turns 19.

How do bonuses and overtime figure in to child support?

Many workers in the greater Los Angeles areas gladly accept the opportunity to earn overtime when their employers offer it to them. Many others eagerly await, and sometimes even expect, periodic performance bonuses and other extra payments employers customarily give during holidays or even just because. Among executives and other high earners, these bonuses can be significant, frequently being worth tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Self-employment income is included in child support figures

Many of the wealthiest residents of Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California are so precisely because they are self-employed. While many people who go into business for themselves have a rough go with it at the outset, once a business takes off and succeeds, a Californian can do very well indeed.

Representing Californians in modification cases

Courts in California will almost inevitably order one parent to pay child support when a divorcing or separating couple has children in common. In many cases, following a divorce or separation, a court will also order one party to pay spousal support or alimony to the other party.

Review of California child support modifications

This blog has previously discussed how a Los Angeles resident can get his child support modified. Sometimes, a change in child support is very important for a parent, as it could mean the difference between relative financial security and real economic hardship.

Important tax change to spousal support is on the horizon

The tax reform which was big news at the beginning of the year, among other things, made important changes to the way spousal support, which is sometimes referred to as alimony, will be treated for federal income tax purposes.

When can I ask a court to change my custody order?

Many couples in the Los Angeles area who live apart may come to an agreement about their custody and parenting time plans before they ever see the inside of a courtroom, while a handful will ultimately have a judge make such decisions for them.

What counts as income for child support purposes?

Most people in Los Angeles probably equate their income with salaries of themselves and their spouses or significant others. However, there are many people who get income in a variety of other ways, such as from investments, retirement plans and profit from one's own business.

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