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There are a lot of issues covered under California family law. One of the most common issues is determining a child support payment. Some parents in California are paying child support, while the custodial parent uses the support for the everyday expenses of the children.

The everyday expenses of raising a child vary, depending on which state the children are being raised. There are many variables to consider, such as the cost of education, healthcare, recreation and other related expenses. According to a recent report, California is one of the 15 most expensive states in which to raise a child. With that standing, California parents need to be careful with their finances in order to ensure that their children get what they need. Single parents may have a hard time raising their child alone.

Parents, especially the supporting parent, need to understand that child support payments are set for the benefit of the children and that it is difficult to survive without the money. Child support covers these expenses and may prevent financial hardships to custodial parents.

Although some parents are aware of the impact of delinquent payments, some still continue to dodge their responsibilities. Parents who fail to pay child support may face serious penalties, like imprisonment and fines. But, in some cases, the supporting parents have difficulty coming up with the payments.

In Orange County, parents who may be facing financial difficulties, such as unemployment or another difficult economic situation, may ask for a modification of child support. The court will review their financial capabilities and ability to pay child support. The court's decision depends on the validity of financial hardships that the supporting party is currently facing.

Child support is absolutely critical to the lives of the children and custodial parents. If the supporting parent isn't paying child support or pays late, the custodial parent has options to get the supporting parent to pay. If and when the supporting parent starts to earn a higher income, the custodial parent may also request a modification to increase the payments.

Source: SFGate, "Most expensive states to raise a child," Andre McNeil, Jan. 21, 2013

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