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Is your ex not making court-ordered child support payments?

When you decided your custody and child support matters during your divorce, you believed that your former spouse would honor those agreements. After all, you honor your part of the bargain on a daily basis as you continue to raise the children you had together.

Bill to help collect unpaid child support passes first hurdle

A brand new bill that would help the collection of unpaid child support in the state of California has passed its first hurdle. The bill was sponsored by the state's insurance commissioner and has since passed the Assembly Floor with a bipartisan vote. If the bill becomes law, it would create an insurance intercept program that would provide mandatory insurance payments.

Michigan dad enters guilty plea for massive child support bill

A dad from Michigan has pleaded guilty to a massive child support bill that has accrued over the past couple of decades. The man, known as the "Most Wanted Deadbeat," issued his guilty plea to a $559,000 bill for child support earlier this month after being captured in Canada. The plea was entered in United States District Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Yolo County child support department receives award

The Yolo County child support services department has received an award from the state of California, according to a press release from the county. The department, in northern California, was recognized for its efforts in collecting and distributing child support payments for people who live in the county. The award that was issued to the department was the California Director's Excellence Gold Award and covers the department's work over the past year.

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.

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.

How do I enforce a child support order?

Many parents who receive child support on behalf of their child understand that it's sometimes not possible for the other parent to make every single payment on time. However, some parents fail to meet their obligations to child support repeatedly, endangering the well-being of their child. In instances where a parent fails to pay child support repeatedly, a court has number of methods it may use to enforce a support order.

Child support payments go to your ex, but support your children

When you have children, you realize that they require financial support. For some people, it might seem like it is easier to financially support a child when they are still in a relationship with the child's other parent. But, the need for the child to have financial support doesn't end if the parents' relationship ends.

Supporting your children financially is a parental responsibility

Having to give your ex money on a regular basis isn't something that most people will do willingly. When you have a child together, you don't really have a choice about the matter if you are ordered to pay child support and don't want to get into legal trouble. You must realize that child support payments aren't actually going to your ex, they are going to your child. Your ex is simply the legal adult who has to receive those payments.