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San Jose Family Law Attorney explains how judges may consider your financial situation, including bankruptcy, when establishing domestic support in a divorce.

San Jose Family Law Attorney  explains how judges may consider your financial situation, including bankruptcy, when establishing domestic support in a divorce.

If you are going through a divorce, you should know that judges can take a wide range of factors into consideration when establishing domestic support obligations, such as child support and spousal support or alimony.  Whether you are the custodial parent or non-custodial parent, here are some thoughts to keep in mind.

Income plays a large role in determining support.  If there is a significant income disparity between the parents, the one with the lower income may receive support, especially in the cases of split-custody, or where the lower-earning parent is the custodial parent.  The family’s standard of living prior to the divorce is considered, as are the number of children and any special needs the children may have.

If the non-custodial parent is unemployed, has health problems, or has filed for bankruptcy protection, the judge may consider the inability to pay support altogether and may temporarily suspend child support payments until the parent finds a better job or circumstances change.  After the circumstances change, the judge may order the non-custodial parent to reimburse the other parent for the suspended payments.

The court may provide for the earmarking of funds for specific items, such as school fees, day care or medical expenses.  For example, the court may require parents to pay tuition fees directly to their child’s school, rather than remitting money to the custodial parent.  To decide what is best for you, please consult an attorney.

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