Child Support Mediation Santa Barbara

Child Support Mediation

Children are financially dependent on their parents, and (with a few exceptions) parents are required to support their children until they reach the age of 18. California has a complicated formula for child support, which may or may not meet the actual needs of the parents and the children.

In mediation, the parents decide for themselves the best way to meet their children’s needs, which might include such creative ideas as: a joint “children’s account” that can be accessed by both parents; dividing responsibility for certain expenses; sharing certain expenses in agreed proportions; and many others that would not be possible if the parties were in court. With the help of a mediator, parents can also resolve other issues that a court wouldn't address and which might otherwise be contentious later on, such as how to pay for college or vocational training, weddings, extracurricular activities, etc. And by staying out of court, the parties will have more money left to use for themselves and their children.

Studies have shown that when parents resolve child support issues out of court, on consent of both parties, there is greater compliance with the resulting agreement. This means that the parents don't have to worry about how their children's needs will, in fact, be met, or whether the other parent is holding up his/her end of the bargain.  Money not spent in court trying to enforce agreements is more money available for the parents and the children.


Robin helped to make a very difficult situation as smooth a transition as possible through her thorough knowledge and especially through her formidable interpersonal talents, creative solutions and negotiating skills. Throughout the emotionally arduous divorce process, I felt like I had a smart, powerful and determined advocate working with me to achieve the best possible positive outcome. And the voodoo divorce goddess on Robin's desk was a welcome inspiration too!
Pia Cryztal, VP Creative Services
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