Ronald K. Ziff has extensive experience resolving child support issues for clients throughout Southern California. He brings his knowledge, experience and dedication to helping his clients achieve the best possible results in these important and often complex matters.
In California, children are entitled to be supported by both their parents. But your financial circumstances need to be carefully considered to determine what that means. Your attorney’s role is to help protect your interests during child support computations.
The California Child Support Guidelines
In California, the amount of child support to be paid or received is calculated according to a formula which is part of available computer programs used by almost all family law professionals to determine child and spousal support payments. Generally, payment is based on factors such as the noncustodial parent’s income and the number of children involved. Support can include cash payments, payment of health insurance for the child and for reasonable health care costs not covered by insurance, as well as payment for child care. It may seem like these guidelines are straightforward, but they can be more more complex than parents anticipate. Failure to enter the correct information into the program in precisely the right way can yield false and expensive results. Mr. Ziff has extensive experience with support calculations. He can help you evaluate your obligation, whether that means presenting your case to the court or helping you understand how the information is accurately used.
Spousal Support And Alimony Lawyer
Mr. Ziff helps his clients in matters related to alimony (sometimes called spousal support or spousal maintenance), including divorces and modifications of existing court orders. His extensive experience ensures that the correct amount of support is paid or received, and that his clients’ interests are protected. Mr. Ziff will work with you to understand the various options for resolving your case and together you will identify the tactics, strategies and approaches that will best suit your case.
California has some of the most liberal alimony laws in the country, but anticipating a court’s determination of a spousal support matter can be difficult. Spousal support orders require a complicated analysis of statutory and other factors and are up to the court’s discretion. Mr. Ziff will assist you in preparing for assessing these issues.
Mr. Ziff prepares his cases carefully and is aware of the case intricacies that can affect the amount of support you pay or receive, as well as the duration of the payment. He often encourages his clients to consider mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods, so you gain greater control of the outcome than you would otherwise have in California courtroom.
Enforcement And Modification Of Child Support And Alimony
Both child support orders and spousal support or alimony orders may be modified. If you are subject to an existing court order, you should know that it takes another court order to make legally recognized changes. Just agreeing to a change is not enough. Many people run into trouble when they verbally agree to a change. Later, when disagreements arise, they find that this unofficial change is unenforceable in courts. Some have even found themselves responsible for very large determinations owed in back support payments because they did not modify their existing agreement with an official court order.