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The basics of collecting child support

There are many people in the state of California who pay child support. At the same time, there are many who receive this money from the other parent of their child.

Do you believe you are in position to receive child support? If so, the first thing you have to do is establish paternity. Once it is clear who the father is, it is much easier establish a child support order and begin collecting.

While many men acknowledge paternity, others will fight against this. While it may make the situation more challenging, it doesn't mean you should stop and let things go for the time being.

Every state, including California, has child support guidelines in place. These were created to determine how much a parent should receive, among other details.

The simplest situations are those in which the parent who owes the money steps forward and does the right thing. Despite the fact that it is against the law, some people will hide from their obligation. Fortunately, with direct withholding, it has become more difficult to do this. The downside of this is that the child support office must know where the noncustodial parent works and lives.

In a perfect world, nobody would have to fight for child support. Instead, both parents would be able to get along and do whatever is in the best interest of the child.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your particular situation, it is important to consult with your state's child support office. Additionally, some people meet with an attorney to receive more detailed advice.

Source: Office of Child Support Enforcement, "How to Get Child Support" Dec. 24, 2014

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