These days, the cost of living continues to rise while wages mostly remain unchanged. Understandably, it often takes two incomes for families to make ends meet. But what happens when parents divorce and two incomes suddenly become one? Fortunately, the state of California has established a child support system to ensure the economic needs of children are met.
The basic goal of child support is to split the financial responsibility of raising children between parents. Child support is a monetary payment made from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. Usually, the court will determine the amount of child support based on both parent’s income. It’s not uncommon for court-ordered payments to be taken directly out of the wages of the noncustodial parent. However, the guidelines to calculate these payments vary from state to state.
The money paid as child support is supposed to be used by the custodial parent for the care of the children and ensure that all their basic needs are covered. The child support funds are not intended for personal expenses that are unrelated to their children. Child support money can be used to pay for necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, medical expenses, school expenses and extracurricular activities like sports.
Whether a parent is paying or receiving child support, it is important to always remember that the money is intended for the welfare of the children. Child support laws will vary from state to state and can often be confusing and complicated for all parties involved. Those in California who need guidance or have questions about child support may want to consider discussions with a legal representative. A knowledgeable attorney can answer questions and clarify the legalities surrounding child support.