Oftentimes, when parents get divorced, one parent will get primary custody of the child and the other parent will have to pay child support to help contribute to raising the child. That said, if you pay child support, you may wonder whether the things you purchase for your child when you’re spending Read on and speak with our knowledgeable Los Angeles child support attorneys to learn more about whether the clothes you buy for your child can count towards child support here in the state of California. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Do the clothes I purchase for my child count towards child support payments?
If you’re a non-custodial parent who is currently paying child support, you may wonder if the things you purchase for your child, such as clothes, when you are spending time with your child, will count towards child support, thereby reducing your regular child support payments. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Child support is a pre-calculated payment that does not change, no matter how many things you purchase for your child outside of your support agreement. The main things courts consider when determining a child support agreement are as follows:
- Each parent’s yearly wages
- The child custody agreement in place
- The child’s needs
Is there any way I can modify child support payments at all?
Yes, you absolutely can modify a child support agreement here in the state of California, but to do so, you must prove that there has been a significant and unforeseen change in circumstances. For example, if you lost your job as a result of a company-wide layoff (and not because you were fired due to poor performance or conduct) you may request, at the very least, a temporary modification to your child support agreement. Additionally, if your custody agreement changes and you get full custody of your child, you may also modify your support agreement. If your child reaches the age of emancipation, there’s also a strong chance you can request a termination of your child support agreement. On the other hand, however, if a child has special needs, the parent receiving child support may request an extension on support payments.
If you have any additional questions about modifying child support or child support in general, please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and speak with our seasoned Los Angeles family law attorneys today. We’re here to help you and your family in any way we can.
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