People in Orange County who pay child support may already have enough to deal with. Making the payments in full and on time are very important aspects of the system. Some people have the child support taken directly out of their paychecks, which is referred to as garnishing wages. But even a person who has this money automatically subtracted from their paychecks may get into trouble for unpaid child support.
In California, there is a statute that protects women who obtain sperm from a medical facility from the donor. The statute gives women the peace of mind that the donor will not be able to seek them out and file a paternity action for any child that may have resulted. Using this same statute, a California appeals court ruled that a sperm donor does not have to pay child support.
During a divorce settlement, judges will often set alimony and child support amounts based on a parent's current and projected earning potential. Failure to pay court-mandated spousal and child support are serious offenses that can result in jail time. This is exactly the predicament that former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman now finds himself in.
In recent years, the growing number of divorces has also lead to an increase in the number of laws and regulations around how spouses paying and receiving spousal and child support must account for the monies paid or received. As the April 15 tax deadline approaches, it's important that couples who are officially divorced or separated know how to account for both alimony and child support on their taxes.