So, you've just been served with an order to pay child support. This may have been an expected action resulting from a divorce between you and your spouse. But it also may have come like a bolt out of the blue, with this being the first notification that you have ever gotten that you fathered a child.
You're ready to divorce your child's other parent — or perhaps you never married them in the first place. You may be so happy to see the door closing behind them that you are ready to agree not to seek child support from them.
If you are unmarried and have a child, you may not immediately realize how important it is to determine the legal paternity of the child to pursue child support. There are many reasons why parents may neglect to do this, however.
It's very expensive to rear a child here in Southern California. If you are a divorced parent who relies on child support from your child's other parent, it can sometimes seem that the amount you receive falls far short of meeting your child's needs.
Parents, does it ever seem like your child support amount shrinks during the summer? While the amount stays the same all 12 months, having the kids home for the better part of three months has some definite financial consequences.
Whether you are ending a bad marriage or just found out that you have a child, you may be faced with paying child support to your child's other parent. This is one of those topics that people rarely delve into until it affects them personally, either as the payer or recipient of child support.
Sometimes, a petition for child support comes at the end of a failed relationship or marriage. On other occasions, it might come like a bolt out of the blue, leaving the alleged father shocked to learn that he may have a child whom he has never met but for whom he now owes child support.
Non-custodial parents who pay child support might wonder what changes, if any, a new job with a higher salary will have on the amount of child support they must pay to their exes. The short (and not very helpful) answer is "it depends."
Parents who both pay and receive child support may experience life circumstances that may cause them to question the viability of changing the amount of the child support order.
Some Orange County parents have misconceptions about child support, both paying and receiving it. But whether you're the one writing or cashing the checks, it's beneficial to fully understand your rights under the law.