Established Child Support Lawyers Resolves Conflicts
Skilled Menlo Park attorneys dedicated to your children’s well-being
Parents must consider not only how divorce affects them, but also how it affects their children both emotionally and financially. At Law Offices of Clifford Ross Chernick, our skilled California family law attorneys are experienced in all family law matters. We help you obtain a fair and reasonable child support arrangement that allows you to raise your child in a safe and healthy environment.
We help parents:
- Understand child support guidelines
- Negotiate child support through mediation
- Litigate child support issues
- Enforce child support orders
- Modify child support orders
Working within and beyond California child support guidelines
California law establishes general child support guidelines. Our attorneys help you understand the basis of these guidelines and how they apply to you. We’re committed to achieving the best possible financial solutions within the guidelines. That begins with using the discovery process to compel a full, truthful financial disclosure, so the court can calculate basic child support with accurate data. Couples must often deal with issues beyond basic child support, such as payments for private school tuition, sports and enrichment activities. We help you obtain support payments that best accommodate your financial circumstances and most appropriately provide for your children’s needs.
Child support settlements through mediation
Through the structured process of mediation, couples can put aside their differences and focus on the one objective where they tend to agree: their children’s well-being. Mediation presents a forum for creating fair child support plans that allow both parents to share in the financial obligations of raising their children. Our skilled mediators can guide the process toward equitable solutions.
Litigation of child support
In some cases, litigation is necessary for your children to receive fair financial support from both parents. Our attorneys methodically prepare for litigation to achieve the most equitable support arrangement for your children.
Enforcement and modification of child support
If the other parent has fallen behind on child support payments, you may need assistance to collect the money that rightfully belongs to your children. At Law Offices of Clifford Ross Chernick, we guide you through the process of enforcing your child support order.
Of course, financial problems or the changing needs of your children may alter your circumstances. Still, you must continue to pay child support at the current level until the court modifies your order. Our attorneys help you petition expeditiously for a modification to avoid undue hardship.
Experienced Spousal Support Attorneys
Spousal Support is subjective and requires experienced attorneys
Child support is relatively objective, for it is determined according to California statutory guidelines based on a mathematical formula. However, the California statutes for spousal support (also known as “alimony”) are not based on any specific mathematical formula and are, instead, significantly more subjective. The experienced attorneys at Law Offices of Clifford Ross Chernick guide you through the issues related to both “temporary” spousal support (prior to trial or settlement) and “permanent” spousal support (post trial or settlement).
Mediation or Litigation of Spousal Support
Mediation can also provide a structured, informal setting to assist couples in arriving at a reasonable resolution of spousal support issues. The attorneys at Law Offices of Clifford Ross Chernick are skilled in mediating all family law issues, including spousal support.
If you are unable to settle spousal support issues, whether by mediation or otherwise, litigation may be necessary; and if so, our experienced attorneys work with you to prepare your case in a manner to achieve a successful result.
Modification and Enforcement of Spousal Support
Material changes in your financial circumstances may occur in the future that justify a modification of spousal support. Even if there has been a significant change, the existing spousal support order will remain in effect until it is modified by the court. At Law Offices of Clifford Ross Chernick, our attorneys will help you assess the situation to determine whether or not a modification is appropriate; and if so, we will file a motion on your behalf to modify support. We will also represent you in responding to a motion filed by the other party for modification of support.
If your former spouse is delinquent in making spousal support payments, the attorneys at Law Offices of Clifford Ross Chernick can assist you in collecting the unpaid support and in securing payment of future support.