Child Support & Child Custody

Help with Child Support and Child Custody Matters That Prioritizes Your Children’s Best Interests

When it comes to matters of child support and child custody, the primary focus is always on the best interests of the children involved. At Law Office of Michael L. Fell, we understand the profound impact these decisions have on your family’s future and are committed to helping you achieve arrangements that promote the well-being and stability of your children. Contact us now at 949-585-9055 for a free legal consultation.

Child Custody: Understanding Your Rights and Options

Child custody involves determining both legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions about your child’s upbringing, including education, health care, and religious training. Physical custody pertains to where the child will live and the logistics of day-to-day care.

Types of Custody

  • Sole Custody: One parent has both legal and physical custody of the child.
  • Joint Custody: Both parents share legal and/or physical custody. This arrangement requires cooperation and communication between the parents to ensure that the child’s needs are consistently met.

We work with you to understand your unique family dynamics and advocate for a custody arrangement that serves the best interests of your children. Whether you are seeking sole or joint custody, we provide the guidance and support you need to navigate this complex process.

Visitation: Ensuring Meaningful Parent-Child Relationships

In addition to custody arrangements, visitation schedules are crucial in maintaining a strong parent-child relationship. We help you establish a visitation plan that allows for meaningful and consistent contact with your child. Our goal is to create a schedule that works for both parents while prioritizing the child’s needs and routines.

Child Support: Ensuring Fair and Adequate Support

Child support is designed to ensure that children receive financial support from both parents, contributing to their overall well-being and development. In California, child support is calculated using the Guideline Calculation Formula, which considers several factors:

  • Income of Both Parents: The gross income of each parent is a fundamental factor in determining support amounts.
  • Time Spent with Each Parent: The amount of time the child spends with each parent influences the support calculation.
  • Childcare and Education Expenses: Costs related to childcare, education, and other necessary expenses are included in the support calculation.
  • Healthcare Costs: Medical insurance premiums and other healthcare-related expenses are considered.

We ensure that all relevant factors are accurately accounted for, advocating for a fair and reasonable child support amount. Whether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent, we work to protect your financial interests while ensuring that your child’s needs are met.

Modifying Child Support and Custody Orders

Life circumstances can change, necessitating adjustments to existing child support and custody orders. Changes in income, relocation, or shifts in the child’s needs can all prompt a modification request. At Law Office of Michael L. Fell, we assist you in petitioning for modifications to reflect your current situation accurately.

Protecting Your Parental Rights

Navigating the legal complexities of child support and custody can be daunting. Our experienced team is dedicated to protecting your parental rights and ensuring that your voice is heard in all proceedings. We provide the legal expertise and compassionate support you need to achieve the best possible outcome for your family.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you need assistance with child support or custody matters, contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at 949-585-9055. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and explore how we can support you. Our team is here to help you navigate these critical aspects of family law with confidence and care.