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CA child support attorneyEducation is taken very seriously in San Jose. Over 40 percent of San Jose residents have a bachelor's degree or higher, and over 25 percent have some college or an associate’s degree. Some parents believe that private school is a better option for their child and that it will set their child up for success when it comes to applying to the best colleges in and out of state. However, private school can be incredibly expensive and may be impossible for a single parent to pay for. The average annual cost of private elementary in California is $11,000, while high school costs $19,000 per year. Whether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent, a San Jose child support attorney can help.

Private School Before Divorce

During a divorce agreement, the child’s education will likely come up. If the child was going to private school before the divorce or separation, the court may believe that it is in the child’s best interest to continue going to that school, even if it is difficult for the non-custodial parent to pay higher child support to make it possible. During a divorce agreement, the court generally likes to make as few changes as possible when it comes to the child’s life and taking them out of a private school that they have grown accustomed to would constitute a drastic change.

Post-Divorce Private School

It may be more difficult to get the non-custodial parent’s child custody to increase if the child did not go to private school before the divorce, but it is not out of the question. Much of the decision is based on the non-custodial parent and the custodial parent’s abilities to pay.

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California child support attorneyChild support is a tricky subject for California Courts to get right. On one hand, the courts strive to provide custodial parents and their children with enough to get by on in addition to any income of the custodial parent, and on the other hand, the court cannot put the noncustodial parent into financial ruin by ordering too great of child support payments. Whether the original support order was adequate or not, custodial parents do have the right to seek modification when circumstances have changed significantly and for the foreseeable future. Contact a San Jose child support attorney for more information on how to proceed.

Cost of Living Increases

Santa Clara County is the fifth most expensive metropolitan area in the country to live in, according to Huffington Post. This may be no surprise to a single mom or dad, who is struggling to pay rent, put food on the table, pay for childcare, and save for the future. As a custodial parent’s cost of living increases and is beyond their control, they may seek a modification of child support to help make up the difference.

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California family attorneyWe live in a world that is fast-paced and people’s finances can reflect that. If you have obtained a divorce and have children between you and your ex-spouse, a child support order was determined at the time of the divorce. However, these financial agreements do not automatically change when your financial health does. It is important for your financial future, and for the future of your children, that you modify any court-ordered child support when one spouse has a major change in their income.

When Might be an Appropriate Time to Ask for a Child Support Modification?

Child support cannot be retroactively changed, so if you think your child support orders need to be modified, it is in your best interest to act sooner versus later. Several indicators that it might be time to reevaluate the child support payments include if either parent has:

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