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Child support is important part of caring for children

The California legal system has a responsibility to protect the children within its jurisdiction. This protection takes many forms including insuring that children attend school and have a safe environment in which to live. Perhaps one of the most vital forms of this protection is through its direction of and enforcement of child support.

On an almost daily basis, parents decide that they no longer wish to be together. Regardless of the reason, it is the parents who are separating or divorcing each other -- not the children. While one may not want to have anything to do with the other individual involved in the separation, each of them is still responsible for caring for any children.

This care takes on several different forms. Generally, one parent is awarded primary physical parent and is responsible for the day-to-day care of the children. However, this does not relieve the other parent of any responsibilities. Raising children is an expensive endeavor in which both parents are responsible. This responsibility is usually spelled out in the form of a child support agreement.

Unfortunately, sometimes a parent does not adhere to the child support agreement. When this happens, the child is the one who suffers. Many states recognize that this is a problem, and they have been taking decisive action in addressing this problem. In fact, one state recently conducted a child support operation in which 135 delinquent parents were arrested. As a result of this operation, over $64,000 in delinquent payments was also collected.

The health and welfare of the children in California is of the utmost importance. When it becomes apparent that a parent is not living up to his or her responsibility as provided in a child support order, it may be time to take action. After reviewing the situation, experienced legal counsel can offer guidance as to what the next step should be.

Source: ladailypost.com, "Governor: 135 Arrested In Child Support Roundup", Carol A. Clark, Sept. 28, 2016

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