Understanding California Child Support Laws - Series Overview

Child looking at piggy-bankThis is the first post in a series meant to help Orange County, California parents to better understand our state’s child support laws. We have decided to write on this issue due to the fact there are many misunderstandings commonly held in regards to this area of law. These misunderstandings often lead to conflict between parents. The goal of our coming posts is to provide information which will help mothers and fathers to better understand their rights, their obligations, and to also assist with the selection of a child support attorney. Should have you have any questions then contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will look at include:

  • How child support is calculated in California
  • How paternity impacts child support
  • How Orange County Courts deal with the non-payment of child support
  • How one should proceed if they are behind on their child support payments

There are many situations in which these issues impact parents in our area. First, California’s method of calculating support can be complicated and parents often disagree on the amount which should be paid. Second, it is important to understand that a father will not be obligated to pay support if paternity has not been established and that arrears may come due after the establishment of paternity. Third, it is important to understand that failing to pay Court ordered child support is not a “private matter” between two parties. It is a violation of a Judge’s Order which can result in fines, jail time, and the suspension of one’s driving privileges. Finally, if one is behind on their support payments then it is best for them to immediately contact the other parent and attempt to reach a resolution.

If you are going through a child support dispute then it is best to contact a family law lawyer immediately. Parents often disagree and tensions can quickly rise when money is involved. Counsel will help you to understand your rights, your obligations, and will put a plan in place to get the situation resolved as soon as possible. Our Orange County attorneys have extensive experience in such matters and devote a large portion of their practice to family law. We understand that nothing is more serious than one’s child. We will take your case seriously. Contact us today.

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