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.


I have known and worked with Robin Masson as an attorney and mediator almost forty years. I have the utmost confidence in her skills and professionalism. Robin brings to the table such a high degree of caring about the clients and about the process, and such a high degree of personal integrity that I and other members of the professional community have complete trust in her.
Charles Guttman, Esq.
Guttman & Reiter

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