If you are a person who does not like to make waves or face conflict, you might be tempted to ignore your co-parent's inability to pay child support. While this is certainly understandable, we want you to know one thing before you continue reading. Being supported financially by both parents is one of your child's most fundamental rights. As family law attorneys serving California residents, we believe it is wrong to rob children of this right. You probably already know that receiving child support makes your life easier and relieves you of many financial concerns. What you might not realize is that the timely payment of child support is good for your children in other ways as well.
Some parents believe their children are not aware of the financial burdens of single-parent families in today's environment. In many cases, this is not true. Children are intuitive beings, easily grasping the unspoken concerns of their parents. When a parent does not meet his or her child support obligations, children may feel like that parent does not care for them. At the same time, when children see the custodial parent fight for their right to receive child support, they feel valued and loved.
Family law matters relating to children need to be handled with kid gloves so as not to damage a child's burgeoning sense of self-worth. Sometimes, parents can accomplish this important goal on their own. Other times, parents need professional assistance to make sure their children remain as unscathed as possible. Fighting for child support is one such situation in which an attorney may make a difference. We urge you to read our child support web pages to learn more about the role a lawyer fills when fighting for your child's fundamental rights.