When you work hard to establish a certain quality of life for your child, the last thing you want is for your child's lifestyle to be threatened by your divorce. While the California Child Support Guidelines may require your former spouse to pay a formulaic amount of child support, this amount may not be sufficient to maintain the lifestyle your children enjoyed during the marriage.
Under these circumstances, a deviation from the guidelines may be warranted. At The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, we have more than 30 years of experience and a track record of success in building strong cases on behalf of clients who want their children to get the financial support they need and deserve.
Contact us to schedule a consultation with an experienced Orange County high-income child support attorney.
Helping Children Maintain Their Current Lifestyle
We approach these cases by collecting evidence that shows the child was accustomed to a certain lifestyle during the marriage. We then present evidence to substantiate our argument that it is within the child's best interests to maintain his or her current lifestyle, even after the divorce.
For example, a child may take voice lessons, piano lessons, or participate in expensive extracurricular activities. The discontinuation of these activities due to one parent's lack of financial resources following a divorce may cause a dramatic disruption in the child's routine and may affect his or her overall well-being. We would argue that this presents a proper situation for deviation from the child support guidelines.
Generally, there are many reasons why a deviation from the guidelines may be appropriate:
- Parents' income surpasses the amount contemplated by the guidelines
- Child has special needs
- Former spouse or child lives in another state where the cost of living renders the guidelines' support amount inappropriate