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Child support payments mustn't be considered a burden

There are often questions that come up about child support. We recently discussed the answer to one important question -- whether child support can be used for entertainment of the child or not. If you recall, the answer to this is that the recipient parent can use the child support money on entertainment options for the child.

Can child support pay for entertainment?

When a parent pays child support, it is often concerning to suspect that the funds paid to the other parent are not used for essential needs of the child, like shelter, food and clothing. It is true that child support should generally ensure that a child's basic needs get met before going to pay for entertainment or other nonessential needs, and a parent who prioritizes nonessentials may need some guidance on using child support properly. However, courts generally allow a parent to use child support to give a child basic entertainment and even extracurricular activities, if other basic needs are already met.

Family law cases can be very emotional

Family law cases of all sorts are challenging to deal with when you are thrust into them, especially if the situation wasn't something that you knew about. One of the most common cases that's like this is a divorce or even a nonmarriage dissolving. We know that when you are going through this type of issue, it is easy to let your emotions rule.

Not married? Your relationship can still have recognition

There are many couples in California who choose not to move forward with marriage even though they are in a committed relationship. If you choose to remain unmarried, there may still be some benefits in choosing to seek legal recognition of your relationship through a domestic partnership agreement.

Unmarried couples and homeownership in California

It is increasingly common for individuals in committed relationships to live together and share property without getting married. In many cases, ending such a relationship is much simpler than ending a marriage. This is especially true in California, where community property guidelines can make the property division aspect of a divorce more difficult to settle than in other states.

Avoiding costly mistakes during your divorce

Soon after announcing that you and your spouse were planning to divorce, you probably discovered that everyone was suddenly an expert - or at least had an opinion - on the subject. You may have more unsolicited advice, perhaps even contradictory advice, than you will even need. While many of those newfound counselors may have good intentions, in the end they may leave you confused at best or making regretful decisions at worst.

How does a prenuptial agreement protect you from debt?

When a couple approaching marriage chooses to create a prenuptial agreement, they have a number of protections available. Many people often assume that prenuptial agreements are only useful to those who anticipate divorce and want to ensure that the settlement is straightforward, but this is simply untrue. Among the most important protections a prenuptial agreement can provide are legal boundaries between spouses and each other's debts.

Why can’t I determine child support myself?

Child support obligations are often difficult to bear for the paying parent, and can seem unfairly harsh, depending on the size of the required payments. Many parents receive a child support order and find that it is much more than they want to pay or feel they should have to pay, and wonder why they cannot determine their level of child support themselves.

Control your future through divorce mediation

When you and your spouse decided to divorce, you may have envisioned sitting across from each other in a courtroom allowing a judge to determine your fate. That vision likely increased your trepidation and reluctance to move forward. Fortunately, more California couples like you are turning away from that option and using divorce mediation.

Don't overlook prenuptial agreements during your engagement

Prenuptial agreements are often associated with the rich and famous, but they are helpful in many more marriages than only those specific cases. No matter what social and financial status you have, there are protections that these agreements can provide. Make sure that you think carefully about what you want to do early in your engagement so that you can have time to get it all together.