Child support payments are sometimes a source of contention in a California divorces. The non-custodial parent of a child is typically required to make payments for several years in many child support cases. These child support payments can continue until a child completes college or reaches the age of majority, depending on the circumstances of a particular proceeding.
Child support is paid by many parents in California as well as throughout the country. The amount is normally the result of a formal written agreement between the parents or a court order. Payments are designed to contribute to the expenses of a child and are set based on a review of the parties' income, among other factors.