Custody & Support

Protecting Your Child and Your Rights as a Parent

Family Law Attorneys Harris and Fraser in Burlingame, California

Child custody and child support disputes are often the most emotional aspects of a divorce. An experienced family law attorney helps you sort through your emotions and identify your priorities in a child custody, child support and spousal support case.

We listen closely to our clients, answer questions clearly, describe the benefits of all options and help you effectively pursue objectives that are in the best interests of you and your children. From sole custody to shared custody and visitation, we are committed to protecting your rights.

Call us at 650-389-9036. You can also contact us online.

Child Custody

The lawyers of Harris and Fraser have substantial experience with parenting plans in both the courtroom and collaborative law setting. We seek to resolve child custody issues that include living arrangements, child support, visitation and parental decision-making on schooling, medical care, and related welfare issues. Your top priority is your child and we will do everything we can to help to protect and preserve your relationship.

Child Support

The California child support formula used by courts is based in great part on the income of the parties as well as how much time each parent spends with the child. In a divorce, we strive to arrange a fair amount of child support by pulling together critical information and effectively presenting it to the court.

Child support is determined by a mathematical formula stemming from statutory guidelines that determine what factors should be accounted for. Any assessment of child support obligations requires consideration of such factors, including:

Collaborative Practice San Mateo County

At Harris and Fraser, our primary focus is on providing compassionate, communicative representation for our clients in a variety of family law matters. Our San Mateo County child support lawyers have more than 25 years of experience in the field. Contact our law firm online or call 650-389-9036 to speak to an attorney.

Child support is determined by a mathematical formula stemming from statutory guidelines that determine what factors should be accounted for. Any assessment of child support obligations requires consideration of such factors, including:

Spousal Support

Spousal support, also known as spousal maintenance or alimony, is generally one of the most uncertain aspects of divorce. While there are tests, formulae and rules governing who gets what, how much, and for how long, different judges can rule on the same issue in different ways. To secure the right outcome, you need to hire the right attorney.

Spousal support (alimony) is an issue in the majority of family law cases. In most situations, you even have a right to temporary spousal support, the amount of which is based on a formula, as your case progresses. Age, health, standard of living, contributions to household, and education all play a role in a calculation of permanent spousal support.

Factors Considered and Types of Alimony

Long Term Spousal Support: Awarded in longer marriages as a monthly payment that may continue until the recipient's death, remarriage or cohabitation. Awards and duration are based on several different statutory factors, including but not limited to income disparity, earning capacity, accustomed lifestyle, age, health, employability and career sacrifices during the marriage.

Call Harris and Fraser at 650-389-9036. You can also contact us online.