Point guard Steve Nash of the LA Lakers reportedly asked his attorney to go to court to prevent his ex-wife from picking up his family and following him from Phoenix, where they currently reside, to Los Angeles. One theory says the NBA star is trying to prevent his wife from moving so that she cannot file for much higher child support payments for his three children. California has a higher cost of living than Arizona, so it is very possible that Nash's payments would increase.

Under California law, the amount that you have to pay for child support depends on a number of factors, including the following:

  • The amount of money that each parents earns (or is reasonably capable of earning)
  • How many children there are between the two parents
  • How much time each parent spends with the children
  • Expenses for child care, medical insurance and education
  • Special expenses related to the children's care

These are all factored into the California Guideline Child Support Calculator. Once a support payment is ordered, it can only be modified if circumstances change.A change in employment or income are factors that may be considered. Others include a change in custody or living arrangements or a child (or parent) suffering a serious illness or injury. For example, given that Nash is currently on his team's disabled list, he may be able to argue that his income potential is more limited than it might be if he were healthy.

Getting a modification in child support payments is not easy and does require the help of a qualified family law attorney who can argue the case effectively on your behalf.

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