Securing a child support order can be a big relief for divorced or unmarried parents. It can be a messy process to navigate and having an order in place can help everyone breathe a little easier.
Every California parent has a responsibility to support his or her child, if only financially. This means that if you are a parent, you should expect to pay for the things your child needs.
If you are a parent paying child support, you likely want to know that your financial contributions - however large or small they may be - are actually supporting the needs of your child.
Did you know that August is Child Support Awareness Month in California? If you pay child support, knowing this can be crucial, particularly if you are struggling to keep up with your financial obligations.
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Let's face it, child support payments are largely paid by men. Fathers who are not primary custodial parents and commonly have a higher income than mothers who need the support payments to defray the costs of raising a child. However, this does not mean that all fathers will be ordered to pay support in the midst of a divorce or in a custody action between unmarried parents.
Most people already know that when it comes to common legal issues, every state has a law in place to help resolve matters. Take for example child support guidelines. Every state has its own set of rules that determine who should pay, how much and for how long. Few people, however, know just how different laws can differ between states.
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Parents who receive child support depend on that money to help support and provide for their children. The children also depend on this support, as it creates a tangible link between them and a non-custodial parent and shows that the parent is contributing to their lives.
We often discuss the challenges that come with formal support orders after a divorce in this blog. We have examined options for modifying arrangements, enforcing parenting plans and figuring out resolutions to the many complications that can arise throughout the course of these agreements.