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Top Ten FAQs About California Child Support

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In California, when the parents of minor children get divorced, the non-custodial parent may be ordered by the court to make child support payments to the custodial parent. Supporting a child is a parent’s legal obligation whether that parent is single, married, divorced, or remarried. Here are the answers to…

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Tips for Preparing to Become a Single Parent

Child Custody | Child Support

No one sets out preparing for single-parenthood, but it can happen. If you are going through your divorce, preparation is the best method of defense – so that you are not caught off-guard when you are suddenly on your own. Whether you have one child or five, preparing yourself to…

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Filing Contempt of Child Support in California

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Child support documents are legal entities, enforceable by California family courts. Ignoring these documents could result in serious penalties – including jail time. The procedure for contempt cases, including violations for child custody or support, will vary. It is also important to note that not all orders are enforceable, especially…

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What Happens When a Parent Doesn’t Pay Child Support?

Child Support

California Child Support Laws Like every other state, California has its own guidelines for enforcing child support orders. While there is no checklist or rules for addressing the emotional aspects, the financial and legal considerations are clear and designed to protect the children. With recent changes, it’s now become even…

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How Can I Modify A Child Support Order?

Child Support

Life never remains consistent. People change jobs, change career paths, return to school, marry and divorce. Those changes can sometimes mean a big change in a family’s income. For those who pay child support, but who need to have the amount they pay changed, they can contact their local child…

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Child Support and Extracurricular Activities

Child Support

California requires that each parent pay an equal share in support of their child’s essential needs, but the state also requires that parents share an equal burden of extracurricular activities. The court may sometimes consider a different proportion of obligations based on financial obligations — if it indicates that it…

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Enforcing Child Support Payments in California

Child Support

After a child support order has been issued, monthly child support payments are enforceable by the courts. Unfortunately, there is no way to ensure the non-custodial parent actually pays their child support obligations. In California, child support that goes unpaid must be paid back and will come with a 10…

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Who Gets Child Support if We Have Similar Incomes?

Child Support

In California, child support is used to help the custodial parent financially support the child or children living in their home. When couples have similar incomes, they may wonder who would be awarded child support. However, what couples do not realize is that child support is not based on which…

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Can I Modify Spousal or Child Support Orders?

Child Support | modification

The answer is, YES. But let’s try to differentiate between a child and spousal support modification. Child support is guideline and in order for you to modify it, you need change of circumstances. And what are changes of circumstances that can qualify someone to modify child support? Increase in income,…

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Can I Move Away from California with my Child?

Child Custody | Child Support | Divorce

The answer is, it depends whether a petition has been filed with the state of California or not. If a petition has been filed the Summons accompanying the petition will have the automatic restraining order that prevents you from taking the child outside the state. If there has been no…