Sacramento Child Custody Orders
When two people share a child and they split up, there is often an ongoing argument over how often each parent will see the child or children. The State of California has laws designed to protect the best interests of the child involved in circumstances like this. Generally, the family courts prefer that parents be able to work this out on their own. Sacramento child custody orders can be established by stipulation or by the judge after a hearing and possibly a trial. A stipulation is a written agreement between parties involved in a legal action. A child custody stipulation is basically a parenting plan that is reduced to writing and filed with the court. The stipulation then becomes Sacramento child custody orders.
Sacramento child custody orders have an impact on what child support will be ordered in a case. The parties can agree to a specific amount of child support one parent will pay to the other, provided the children’s needs will be adequately met during their custody time with each parent. If the parents cannot agree on an amount or if the children’s need will not be met pursuant to the agreement, the court will set the amount of child support to be paid. The court uses a software program called the Dissomaster to calculate guideline support. The judge has the discretion to deviate from the guideline support amount, however, it is not often done especially where the obligor faces particular hardships.
If you have a Sacramento divorce lawyer, they will be able to assist you through the whole process. Your family law lawyer should also be able to enter both parties income and expenses into the Dissomaster system. This means you will be able to see what you may have to pay or you might receive in child support. This may frustrate some parents and others may be excited. Before you get too frustrated or excited, parents that are purposefully unemployed or underemployed will be expected to work. In many situations, the court will impute income to an unemployed party or underemployed party if the circumstances call for it. This means that one party cannot simply avoid working so they don’t have to pay child support. It also means a parent cannot purposefully work part-time or get a job that pays very little compared to their potential.
If you cannot afford the cost of a divorce lawyer in Sacramento, you may want to consider the services of a paralegal. Sacramento Paralegal Services provides the assistance of legal professionals that are supervised by a licensed and experienced attorney with experience obtaining Sacramento child custody orders. Give our experienced Sacramento paralegals a call today at 916-542-0102.