Child Related Issues

Child Support

Child support is how the court orders each party to meet their obligation to provide for the support of his or her child(ren). Child support is determined by a Guideline formula set forth in the California Family Code. The court looks at each party’s income, along with certain expenses and deductions. Figuring each party’s income available for support requires specialized knowledge that each attorney at Lewis, Warren & Setzer possesses and discusses with their clients.

Child Custody

How to share your children during a separation and after your divorce can be one of the most difficult issues our clients face. Our attorneys will explain to you every option available to share your child(ren) as you separate from your spouse. There are two aspects of custody to consider: legal custody and physical custody.

Legal custody allows parents to make decisions regarding the health, education and welfare of their child(ren). The vast majority of people share joint legal custody of their child(ren). In certain circumstances, the parties or the court determine only one parent should make legal custody decisions.

Physical custody is a determination of how parents share their child(ren)’s time during each week, weekend, on holidays, and vacations. There are various “standard” physical custody arrangements we can explain to you. However, in many circumstances, we are able to work with parties to create customized physical custody arrangements that work best for your child(ren).

Each of our attorneys work with many specially skilled professionals to assist you and your child(ren). We work with therapists, custody evaluators, parenting coordinators, and other experts to help you and your children through the divorce process and to craft a parenting plan that is best for them.

Our attorneys have significant experience resolving complex custody issues. Of recent importance to many clients is the need to move-away from San Diego or defend against a request by the other parent to move outside San Diego County. Move-away requests deal with a specific set of law which have changed tremendously in the last decade. We have settled and litigated many of these cases successfully for our clients.

Additionally, if you are dealing with paternity issues, whether establishing paternity of your child, determining custody and visitation, or working on child support, our attorneys will help you figure out how best to resolve these issues.

We will work with you to determine what is in the best interests of your child(ren) to make the transition have as little impact as possible on you, your spouse, and child(ren).

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.