These days, the cost of living is rising dramatically, which means raising children is getting more and more expensive. When parents separate, it can mean that two incomes suddenly become one, causing significant financial impacts. To help offset this in the state of California, the noncustodial parent is often ordered to make child support payments to the custodial parent to help with the economic needs of the children.
How is child support determined?
Although fathers are often associated with being the noncustodial parent, mothers are sometimes the noncustodial parents and can be responsible for paying child support. The amount of child support that the noncustodial parent pays is based on the incomes of both parents. In many cases court-ordered payments are taken directly out of the noncustodial parent’s wages. However, the guidelines used to calculate the payments vary from state to state.
What should child support be used for?
Child support payments are to be used for the care of the children and are not to be used for the custodial parent to use for his or her own personal expenses. Child support payments are most often used for medical costs, food, clothing, shelter and school expenses. Child support can also be used to pay for extracurricular activities such as sports or similar activities that the children are involved in.
Child support is meant for the welfare of the children. The laws surrounding child support vary depending on the state of residence and can get confusing. For those in California who have questions about child support, it is best to consult with an experienced attorney. A legal representative can explain the procedures for filing for child support or amending payments and provide guidance throughout the process.