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Child support and adoption

The average California family today is anything but average. Some families consist of two parents with two or more children; other families have only one parent and any number of children. Still other families are formed with children already present. In some cases, when this happens, the new spouse may decide to adopt the other spouse's children if the other biological parent is not a part of their lives. Such an action can lead to a closer relationship for the family as a whole; however, it can cause problems later on if divorce becomes a possibility and there is a question of child support.

An adoptive parent is the child's parent. In one recent situation, a man who has been a part of his child's life since the child was 4 months old is attempting to undo the adoption in what his ex-wife claims is an attempt to avoid paying child support. The child in question was adopted by his now father in 2011 and is now 10 years old.

The ex-wife claims that her son has attempted to contact his father on several occasions; however, his messages are being blocked. She has now asked the courts to intervene and incarcerate the father until he pays the $20,000 in child support that he owes. In return, the father is asking that the adoption be reversed.

Child support is provided for the benefit of the child. Regardless of whether the child is the biological or adoptive child of the parent, the child still requires food, shelter and other basic necessities. If a parent finds that child support is becoming an issue with the other parent, he or she will want to review the options available under California law.

Source: nypost.com, "Banker accused of trying to 'un-adopt' son in bid to avoid child support", Julia Marsh, Nov. 2, 2016

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