Why can’t I determine child support myself?

By |2022-04-06T14:54:28+00:0006 Mar 2018|Categories: Child Support|


Child support obligations are often difficult to bear for the paying parent, and can seem unfairly harsh, depending on the size of the required payments. Many parents receive a child support order and find that it is much more than they want to pay or feel they should have to pay, and wonder why they cannot determine their level of child support themselves.

Unlike a divorce settlement, child support is not left up to parents to decide, because this support is the legal right of the child. A court may place a premium on the best interests of a child, making the preferences of the parents a secondary concern at best. While this may sound cruel or unsympathetic to the paying parent’s circumstances, the court determines child support based on what it believes is best for the child within the means of the paying parent, not what is best for the parent.

Courts examine the resources of each parent to determine what it believes is fair, but you may find that the burden of child support is too much to carry, especially if your circumstances change. In these instances, you may want to consider petitioning the court for a modification.

If you face a frustrating child support issue, then you must address it as soon as possible, both for your own sake and for the sake of your child. An experienced attorney is an excellent resource to help you navigate this difficult area and ensure that your rights remain secure while you work towards a fair child support solution that addresses both your needs and the rights of the child you love.

Source: FindLaw, “How to Calculate Child Support,” accessed March 06, 2018

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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