Most Orange County parents who live apart have probably accepted that child support is just a fact of life. Whether they receive payments or make them, parents realize these payments exist to make sure that both parents contribute to their children's needs and that the child remains well cared for even though the parents live apart.
Since the mid-1990s, the federal government commemorates National Child Support Awareness Month every August. Thiss observance began via a proclamation by then President, Bill Clinton, and was meant to encourage parents to pay their child support faithfully and understand how important these payments are for their children's physical and emotional needs.
When two Orange County, California, parents who are no longer living with each other have a child in common, they are also going to have a lot of expenses that they, as loving parents, will spend on their child's behalf.
This post has previously discussed how important determining each parent's income is when it comes to calculating how much child support for which each parent will pay. Therefore, a review of exactly what counts as income under California's child support laws may be helpful to Orange County parents who are trying to figure out a child support dispute.
As many parents may know already, and as this blog may have mentioned on previous occasions, one of the means a court can enforce its orders to pay child support by holding those who do not pay in contempt of court and punishing them accordingly.
As in the case of other family law matters, it may behoove Orange County, California, parents to come to an agreement as to how much child support one parent will pay to another. Reaching a negotiated agreement can help both parents feel that the support payment is fair, and it may, as a result, make it more likely that the parent who is paying support will do so willingly even in the long term.
Many residents of Orange County, California, have children with special needs. Whether stemming from a learning disability, a medical problem or some other unique issue, a child with special needs often requires extra medical care and educational help. This in turn will often mean parents must pay additional costs on behalf of their child.
As a previous post here noted, there are many different factors that go into a child support calculation in California. In addition to each parent's income, things like tax consequences, child care expenses, health insurance and the like can also be considered in the calculation.
Previous posts here have discussed various individual factors that California law takes into consideration when it comes to the courts of this state determining the proper amount of child support. It may be helpful to parents in Orange County to have an overview of all the items a court will consider.
A previous post on this blog explained that child support in California ends when a child turns 18 or until either he or she graduates or until age 19. In other words, there is no legal authority for a judge, no matter how much he or she might want to, to order a parent to pay for his or her child's college education.