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Is imprisonment necessary to enforce paying child support?


Many divorced Californians know that support is important to their children's well-being. Paying support on time guarantees that children's needs will be met so that they don't go without. However, not all noncustodial parents are able to earn enough income to make their child support payments on time. When that happens, they face the legal consequences, which may include jail time.

California grandparents face child custody challenges


Family must be cared for, even if they are generations apart. That is why many grandparents in Orange County are involved in custody disputes to ensure their grandchildren's best interests. However, increasing grandparent-headed families -- or "grandfamilies" -- pose challenges that can risk the custody of children living with their grandparents.

Ex-Major League player on the run for back child support


Divorce is such a common event in modern American life that it is not surprising when a professional athlete or other celebrity shares the fate by millions of other parents who end up with orders to support ex-spouses and children. What is surprising is that former Major League Baseball player Danny Tartabull, an outfielder who enjoyed a 14-year career and made it to the All-Star Game, has struck out when it comes to paying child support. He currently sits atop Los Angeles County's list of biggest child-support defaulters.

Why same-sex couples need prenuptial agreements too


Now that the court ruling has solidified gay marriage and abolished the Defense of Marriage Act, many same-sex couples in Orange County, California, are happy and are likely to solidify their relationship with a wedding. Although taking that big step is a way to make things official, same-sex couples should also protect their interests, just in case they decide to divorce eventually. They should consider drafting a prenuptial agreement.

Settling property division with underwater mortgage


Divorce can lead to many family law issues. One thing that Orange County, California, divorcing couples should be concerned about is property division. While many people look at the division of marital properties as a mere division of assets, there are several things that should be considered. First, if the property in question is still tied to any obligations like a mortgage.

Child custody arrangement can affect parent-child relationships


Other than providing the basic needs for their children, parents play an important role in ensuring their child's emotional health. Parents in Orange County, especially divorced parents, will be interested in a study showing that custody affects the security of the relationship between the child and the parent.

Drafting a prenuptial agreement before another marriage is ideal


Orange County residents who are thinking about getting married may want to consider settling their financial matters before marryiage. That is especially important where a divorced spouse is going to remarry. A divorced person may have children, acquired or lost some assets, or have other financial responsibilities and interests.

California Supreme Court ends divorce dispute over pension


Anyone can tell that divorce is a highly emotional process. Highly publicized divorce proceedings usually do not end with the appearance in court after the judge nullifies the union of a married couple. Residents of Orange County, California, are aware that disputes between an ex-couple can be intense, especially when it comes to settling property division, child custody and determining support obligations.

How to obtain child support payments in California


For divorced custodial parents in Orange County, California and elsewhere child support is important to ensure that the child has what he or she needs while growing up. The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2009 that only 41.2 percent of custodial parents had received the full amount of child support owed to them, and nearly a third of these parents were not getting anything at all. Child support is badly needed in many cases because it is likely that, without the child support payments, the custodial parent will be living in poverty.