Securing Financial Support

Negotiating Child And Spousal Support

Negotiating a divorce settlement can feel like the odds are stacked against you. Underlying conflict has already led to the decision to divorce; adding child support and spousal support can make the divorce seem even more complicated.

Many factors go into determining child and spousal support. Figuring out the best solution for yourself and your family can get confusing. During this time, it is important to talk with a knowledgeable attorney who understands the law and can advocate for you.

How Courts Decide Child Support

Even though the relationship with your spouse is not working out, you still want your children to have what they need. This is likely your biggest concern regarding your divorce. While it may take time for your family to settle into a new sense of what is normal, you still want your children to be able to count on you for support.

California uses a formula to determine child support and any modifications. The formula considers factors such as:

  • Custody arrangements
  • Incomes of both parents
  • Expenses for the children, such as day care fees, school fees and fees for other extracurricular activities
  • Health insurance premiums and other medical care costs

Skilled child support lawyer Dianne M. Fetzer can help you negotiate a fair child support agreement.

Understanding Spousal Support

The goal of spousal support is to make the financial transition after divorce easier for spouses who were dependent on their partners for support. Ultimately, there should be a point where spousal support is no longer necessary.

The amount and duration of spousal support will depend on factors such as:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Children who may need support
  • Incomes of both parties

There is a common misconception that spousal support is awarded for half of the duration of the marriage. This is merely a presumption for marriages that lasted for a short duration of time and becomes a more open-ended factor for marriages that lasted over 10 years. The Law Offices of Dianne M. Fetzer can help you understand what spousal support may look like in your situation.

Ready To Listen

The Law Offices of Dianne M. Fetzer can help you with your questions about child and spousal support. For consultation at a reduced fee, call our Sacramento office at 916-565-1200 or contact us online.