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How is child support enforced in California?

As we have stressed many times before, the courts want to protect the best interests of the children when making all decisions related to a divorce. This includes both child custody decisions as well as child support.

The courts want to make certain that changes in a child's life are kept to a minimum and that the child or children from the marriage still receive all the necessary care needed. While many non-custodial parents who owe child support make certain to adhere to the decisions of the courts with regards to child support and will make all necessary payments, there are also many, for various reasons, who do not fulfill their obligation.

Throughout Orange County and the rest of California, the courts have specific laws in place to make certain that non-custodial parents pay what they owe in child support. There are various penalties in place to encourage parents to pay child support and to punish those who do not. This may include but is not limited to wage garnishment, liens on property, changes to a credit score and even time in prison. It is generally recommended that before seeking legal action that parents try to work together to come up with a mutually acceptable agreement regarding child support payments. If a payer's situation changes, the payer may wish to have a modification made. Failing to follow the court's order could put the payer in jeopardy with not only efforts made to recover money, such as wage garnishment, criminal sanctions as well including time in jail.

If a non-custodial parent is neglecting the responsibility of making child support payments, there are several steps you can take to try to address the situation. Child support disputes are a serious concern, and if you are having difficulty making progress, you may want to speak with a legal professional for help.

Source:, "Child Support Enforcement in California," Accessed on July 17, 2017

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