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Change in financial status can cause a change in child support

Circumstances can change in an instant. One minute, the California worker is gainfully employed and the next minute, he or she is not. Although this change may be in no way the fault of the individual, it still has an effect upon that individual's ability to meet his or her normal monthly obligations. For many, these obligations often include housing expenses, car notes and even child support payments.

A child support modification may be your best option

Long after a divorce is final, life continues to change, and your financial circumstances may also change with it. California mothers and fathers who are currently unable to live with or keep up with the terms of an existing support order may be curious about their options at this point. In some cases, a child support modification may be appropriate. 

Child support and unwed parents

Parents have a responsibility to take care of their children. Sometimes the parents are married, and both parents make sure that the children have what they need; other times, the parents are divorced, and one parent typically pays child support as part of his or her responsibility. Additionally, there are situations in which the parents remain separate; however, their responsibility to the child or children is still as if they were married or divorced. When one of the California parents does not have custody of the child, he or she is typically responsible for paying child support.

Guidelines for child support in California

When parents decide to divorce, one of their primary concerns is clearly the welfare of their children. Divorce can be a traumatic experience for children. Additionally, divorce is likely to affect a child's lifestyle and standard of living. For this reason, the California courts work diligently to ensure that child support is required for the benefit of the children involved. 

New child support regulation and parents in prison

California prisons are filled with fathers and mothers. While not all prisoners are parents, research indicates that approximately 20 percent of prisoners do have some sort of child support responsibility. Under normal circumstances, child support responsibilities can be challenging at times. However, for the incarcerated individual, they can be especially difficult.

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.

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.

What you can expect when filing a California divorce

Every day, California residents come to the heartbreaking decision that their marriages are ending. Once that decision is made, the parties usually have numerous questions about the divorce process. The legalities involved can be complex and frustrating, but failing to meet the obligations imposed by the court could be costly and time-consuming.

Judge says music exec cannot avoid payment of back child support

Mathew Knowles, who is the father of popular singer Beyoncé, might be a familiar name to California music lovers. The music executive's divorce from ex-wife Tina Knowles dominated headlines when it happened. Knowles also made headlines when it was revealed that he was expecting a child with another woman while he was still married to Tina Knowles. Now, he is back in the spotlight for failing to pay child support for the daughter that was born out of that affair.

California law ordinarily sets monthly payments for child support

Under ordinary circumstances, California law sets the amount of child support that non-custodial parents will pay. However, circumstances are not always ordinary. Therefore, the courts do have some discretion in setting monthly payments that are more in line with the dynamics of the families involved.

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