DCSS Has Attorneys Representing Them, So Should You!
“It is quite simple….., you just input the numbers in a computer program and then it just spits out the result. What do I need an attorney for?” If it is that simple, ask yourself, “Why is the government going through the expenses of hiring lawyers? Why even need a judge? Why not just get a bill in the mail like the DMV?” Because it is not that simple! And even if it is that simple, the smallest mistake can have huge ramifications. And guess what, mistakes cannot be fixed. How many times have you heard the phrase, “There is no retroactive modification”? So the best way to handle it is to get it right from the outset.
Ideally we want you to consult with our office before you even ask the Department of Child Support Services for a modification. If the other party is the “requesting party,” then contact us before you turn in anything to the DCSS. The sooner you consult with us the better. And remember the adage, anything you tell them they can and they will use it against you.
California child support guideline is determined by considering both parties’ income in light of “timeshare” with the children and certain allowable expenses. Some of the expenses must be considered (e.g. union dues, health insurance, and mandatory retirement) while some expenses may be (e.g. hardship for biological and adopted kids). In light of this, knowledge of the law – specifically case-law – is key to crafting the arguments both for and against such allowances. And frankly knowing the judicial officers and their likes and dislikes, vis-à-vis hardships and other discretionary allowances, is a primary reason you would want to hire alocal attorney.
With our attorneys regularly appearing in Riverside and SB Counties, our knowledge of the local bar is without reproach. And with Attorney Brain Dow having joined us, we are firmly establishing ourselves as an Orange County firm. We have extensive experience in dealing with the Department of Child Support (DCSS). You should not try to negotiate or deal with them on your own. They are not your attorneys and will not look out for your best interest. It costs nothing for you to know your rights. Call for a free consultation if you have a DCSS case.