Douglas Borthwick: Options for Estimating Child Support Allowance

As an attorney with the Freeman & Borthwick Law Firm in Orange County, California, Douglas Borthwick frequently assists clients in family law matters. In addition to family law, he leverages his extensive experience in personal injury law and estate planning on his clients’ behalf. Doug Borthwick and his associates handle real estate development, securities, gaming, and corporate law.

Child support, a court-ordered allowance that a non-custodial parent owes to the parent with primary custody after a separation, conforms to a complex set of state guidelines. Some of the factors that determine a child support amount include the time that each parent spends with the child or children and each parent’s income. The non-custodial parent generally owes child support until the each child reaches the age of 18 and is either self-supporting or not enrolled as a full-time student. If the child is a full-time student at age 18 and is not self-supporting, the non-custodial parent owes child support until the child turns 19. Other events that release a parent from paying child support include the child’s death, marriage, or emancipation.

Calculating child support is a multifaceted process that requires input from an experienced family lawyer. Online calculators, spreadsheets, and other state-specific resources may provide a general idea of the child support amount that a parent will need to pay, but they cannot replace qualified legal counsel. A parent may also present evidence of special circumstances to the judge and convince the court to reduce the ordered child support allowance.

This article is designed for general information only. The information presented should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.


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