Nobody ever claimed it was cheap to raise a child.
Women who become unexpectedly pregnant often find themselves stymied by the soon-to-be father's reaction. Sometimes the father doesn't want to be involved and will simply distance himself from the mother, the pregnancy and the child once he or she is born.
Finances can tear a family apart, and afterward, keep the rift going -- especially when it comes to child support.
Are you separated from your child's other parent? Are you already divorced? Perhaps you were never married in the first place?
Most divorcing parents have questions about child support, whether they expect to be on the receiving end or the paying end.
Usually, child support in California ends when the child turns 18 (unless he or she is a full-time student, in which case it can continue until he or she is age 19). In some rare cases, a support agreement might call for one or both parents to support the child through a four-year college degree.
When it comes to the public's perspective on child support, many noncustodial fathers get a bad rap. The focus is often on the custodial parent who is entitled to receive child support. This is usually the mother. It is not fair to single out all fathers and think of them as dead-beat-dads. In fact, many California fathers want to provide for their children. They love their kids and are often in despair about their inability to effectively pay child support.
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.
In California, the State Disbursement Unit handles child support payments. Money is sent to the SDU by the parent who is supposed to pay, and then the SDU sends it on to the other parent through a direct deposit, a check, or an electronic card.
If your ex doesn't pay child support, you need to know what options you have. The number one tactic that is used is simply withholding portions of their paychecks. This is known as garnishing wages.