In California, child support is determined by a strict set of statutory guidelines, based on each parent’s income level, parents’ tax liability, number of children, and number of overnights children spend with each parent. There has to be a very good reason for the court to deviate from amounts calculated using these statutory guidelines. Though divorcing parents would like to fight for more or less child support, the guidelines for this are clear and the court’s decisions on these matters are fairly straightforward.
That said, information used to calculate child support payments must be precisely recorded throughout the entire process. Inaccurate figures used at any point will result in inaccurate orders for child support. You require an attorney that is familiar with the process and can make sure that your child receives the correct level of support, whether you are on the receiving or paying end of the child support order.
Spousal support depends on a variety of factors including the duration of a marriage, the income, education, health, tax liability, and job marketability of each party, as well as marital living standard.
Depending on the circumstances of a case, a judge may issue a temporary support order that lasts until a divorce is resolved, or a judgment spousal support order (also referred to as a permanent spousal support order) which can be issued for a longer period of time, or even indefinitely. Some judges may be more generous in their awards, while others rule more conservatively on spousal support matters. As such, you require a team of experienced lawyers to help you know what to expect and how to proceed.