Child and Spousal Support

Child support and spousal support are among the main stressors when it comes to marriage dissolution because all parents want is to be able to adequately take care of their children and themselves. Therefore, the need for strong experienced help at your side is crucial for your peace of mind. Patrick Baghdaserians is a Pasadena child support and spousal support Lawyer and Family Law Specialist who also works in the Los Angeles area. Patrick Baghdaserians has over a decade of experience and is someone you want on your side when dealing with child support and spousal support issues.

Firstly, the main concern of a parent is their child’s well-being; and receiving adequate child support is fundamental to accomplishing that. Whenever the support of a minor child or an adult child whom support is authorized for is at issue, the court may order either parent or both parents to pay any amount necessary for the child’s support.

A minor child is a child under eighteen years of age. An adult child for whom support is authorized is one who is an unmarried full-time high school student who is not self-supporting. For an adult child, support should be provided until the time the child turns nineteen (19) years of age or completes the 12th grade, whichever happens first.

The amount of child support set for one parent to receive is mathematically calculated. However, parents may stipulate to a support amount that is below the uniform statewide support guideline if certain conditions are met and the court approves of the stipulation.

In addition to receiving adequate child support, it is important that one has the resources to adequately take care of themselves and is able to look out for their own well-being. Spousal support can be both temporary and long-term.

Temporary support is available when a marriage dissolution action is pending. In this case, the court may order either spouse to pay any amount necessary for the support of the other spouse. With regard to determining the amount of temporary support, the support may be ordered in any amount based on the party who is receiving supports’ need and the party that is paying the supports’ ability to pay. The main reason for having temporary spousal support is to allow the spouse that is receiving the support to live in her or her accustomed manner while the action is still pending.

On the other hand, when it comes to long-term support, the court may order a party to pay spousal support to the other party in any amount, and for any period of time the court deems just and reasonable. When determining an appropriate amount of spousal support, the court bases their decision on marital standard of living. The court has wide discretion and may fix support at an amount greater than, equal to, or less than the amount the supported spouse may require to maintain the marital standard of living. In addition to the marital standard of living, the court considers other factors when determining an appropriate amount of spousal support. For example, the court must consider about fourteen (14) circumstances. Within those fourteen (14) circumstances is included: (1) each party’s assets and obligations, (2) each party’s age and health, (3) the goal that the supported party be self-supporting within a reasonable amount of time, and much more.

Overall, the process of marriage dissolution can be very overwhelming and the need for adequate support whether it be child support or spousal support is vital. Therefore, when deciding who to turn to it is important to have someone with experience on your side when dealing with child and spousal support. Patrick Baghdaserians is an experienced Pasadena child and spousal support Lawyer Family Law Specialist who has dealt with an enormity of child and spousal support cases in his over a decade of experience. Regardless of the reason, divorce is challenging, do not make the process even more difficult on yourself and schedule a free in person consultation with Patrick Baghdaserians

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