The issue of child support is always a difficult one when parents split up, whether they were married or not. If you are going through a child support battle with your co-parent, you are likely wondering how the amount is determined. What is taken into consideration when a court determines child support in California?
A child support order is meant to ensure that both parents are putting up money to support the financial needs of a child. Unfortunately, even the best laid out child support order might not make the responsibility equal. There are some instances in which the initial order meets the needs of the situation, but it might not be adequate throughout the child's life.
Having to pay child support is a situation that millions of people find themselves in each year. For most of them, the requirement to make these payments eventually ends for various reasons. Usually, the reason the child support obligation ends is that the child for whom the payments are being made reaches the age-out limit. Children can reach a certain age in California where they are no longer eligible to receive support payments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.