Child and Spousal Support

Child Support


Child support is an issue that often arises in a divorce or legal separation when there are minor children involved. In a divorce, this issue is typically addressed after a custody arrangement is worked out, since the non-custodial parent is often required to pay child support to the custodial parent.

Whether you are a parent seeking child support or are facing the possibility of having to pay child support, you can benefit from involving a lawyer who is experienced in handling issues of this kind. I welcome you to contact me for a 30 minute free review of your case.


In California, child support amounts are determined based upon set guidelines, standardizing the manner in which child support is determined. The court takes a number of different factors into account and always considers the best interests of the child before making a final decision.

Factors that may impact a child support award include:

  • The income of each spouse
  • The number of children
  • The physical timeshare of the children

The court may also consider the medical and educational needs of the child, along with any special needs that exist.

Spousal Support

Different types of Alimony/Spousal support

  1. Temporary spousal support – awarded to a party during a divorce proceeding
  2. Lump sum alimony – one lump sum award provided to a spouse upon divorce
  3. Periodic alimony – alimony payments made at certain periods of time, generally monthly payments, which end after a specified period of time
  4. Rehabilitative alimony – payments made for a spouse to obtain training or education
  5. Permanent alimony – alimony payments without any termination date (usually only terminates upon the death of a party or remarriage of the recipient spouse)

Michael J. Lowy can help navigate through issues of legal decision-making. Call today for a consultation: (650) 856-6262.