Child Support

Child support is intended to assist with the financial needs of a child. Unfortunately, divorcing couples sometimes use support issues to exact revenge on their soon-to-be-former spouses during divorce proceedings. All too often when California couples divorce in court, child support matters become a point of contention that seems to have very little to do with the well-being of the couples’ children.

Mediation avoids this and allows divorcing California parents to make rational decisions based on their resources and the needs of their children. Skilled mediators are able to keep negotiations focused on a child’s well-being. Even when spouses have a tendency to veer off track, an experienced mediator is able to keep things focused on the important decisions that need to be made. It is possible for divorcing couples and parents to remain in control of the most important decisions in their divorce – but it takes effort on both their parts.

If you are in the midst of a divorce and you want to remain in control of child support decisions, mediation can help. The process incorporates many of the determining factors used by the courts to assess child support needs, but it ultimately puts the decision-making control into the hands of the divorcing spouses. It is one of the best options couples have for ensuring a divorce settlement is satisfactory to both spouses and that child support obligations are met in the long-term.

Barbara Suskind has been working with California families since 1982 and she is prepared to help you settle child support issues that arise during your divorce. To learn more or to schedule a consultation to discuss your case, contact her at 925-372-4830 or by email at