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.
As its name implies, in California, child support is for the benefit of minor children who still need financial help from their parents. This means that when a child reaches the age of adulthood, he or she in theory no longer needs support and thus neither parent has any further obligation to pay.
Many people in Orange County might already know that when a parent does not pay child support is ordered, he or she could face jail time, a license suspension or other serious penalties.
A previous post on this blog talked when Orange County, California, parents can seek modification of their child support obligation. Generally speaking, a parent can do so whenever they can demonstrate that there has been a change in circumstances.
For Orange County, California, parents who live in separate homes, child support is going to be part of their lives. Courts see child support not only as a part of a paternity or divorce case but also as an extension of a child's right to be nourished and cared for by both of the child's parents.