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Establishing paternity in California

When unmarried California couples have babies, the men are not automatically presumed to be the fathers. Before child support and custody orders can be issued, the paternity of the children must first be established. There are several different ways to establish paternity, and one of the frequently used methods within the family court system is DNA testing.

Reasons for inaccuracy in child support estimates

With all the uncertainties surrounding the end of a marriage and a child's need for stability, California parents who are seeking a divorce in Fullerton are likely to look for predictability anywhere they can fine it. One of the biggest challenges is ensuring financial needs are met, and child support often plays a leading role in this goal. Parents often turn to authoritative government websites for information about child support guidelines.

How parents can modify their child support payments

When a California couple with minor children gets a divorce, one parent is likely going to be required to pay a certain amount in child support every month. Once the amount of child support is set by the court, the parent must continue to make payments without fail or face consequences. However, a parent who experiences a significant change in circumstances could potentially have the child support order modified.

Child support in California

Non-custodial parents can be compelled to make monthly payments to cover the expenses associated with raising a child. In California, the amount that has to be paid will be determined by a judge who will use a state-wide guideline and who will issue the child support order.

How parents might reach a child support agreement

When California parents of young children get a divorce, one might be required to pay child support to the other. Parents do not necessarily have to go to court to have a judge decide the amount, frequency and duration of child support. They can negotiate the agreement themselves or work with their attorneys to reach an accord.

When parents want to stop receiving child support

There are many reasons why a custodial parent might want to stop receiving child support. One could be that the couple has reconciled and are now living together again. However, since child support is usually court-ordered, it may be necessary to take the case back to family court for modification. A court clerk can supply the required documentation for parties to file with the court system. When the case is heard, a judge may or may not be inclined to grant the request depending on the circumstances.

Delinquent child support linked to less parenting time

A growing body of scientific research indicates that children in California and around the country are far better off when they are able to spend quality time with both of their parents. Co-parenting solutions are now favored by family law judges in most situations, and noncustodial parents are encouraged to play an active role in the day-to-day lives of their children. Raising a child is also a serious financial responsibility, and falling behind on child support payments can greatly impact the role of noncustodial parents according to a study published in February.

Incarcerated parents who owe child support may get modification

When California parents who pay child support are incarcerated, they have the opportunity to request a modification in support based on a change in circumstances. If the parent has little or no income and few or no existing assets to pay support, then the modification may be granted. However, not every state permitted parents to do this, and some considered incarceration to be "voluntary unemployment". On Jan. 19, Barack Obama signed a rule requiring all states to allow parents this option. So far, the rule has remained unchanged under the Trump administration.

Parents still owe back child support after the child turns 18

Following a divorce in California, it is likely that one parent will be responsible for paying a certain amount of child support a month. However, there may be instances where the parent suddenly becomes unable or unwilling to pay child support. The amount that is owed does not go away; in fact, the parent will become responsible for paying back child support.

Locating a deadbeat parent

California courts strongly affirm the importance of parental involvement in their children's lives. This means that children need an emotionally supportive relationship with each parent, and parents also have the responsibility to financially support their kids. When a parent skips town and doesn't meet his or her child support obligations, the children suffer.

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