When so ordered by the court, payment of child support by a non-custodial parent is mandatory in California. The child support payments are intended to assist a custodial parent with raising and providing for a child. The payments can be essential to a parent who faces the high costs associated with raising children such as clothing, schooling and basic needs.
California readers may recall the infamous case in which an adoptive mother changed her mind and sent her son back to his homeland alone. Recently she was sued for child support by the agency responsible for her international adoption. The suit claimed that the woman owed $150,000 in child support for the boy, who now lives in a group home back in Russia.
For many poor non-custodial parents in California, there is a difficult choice to make each month. They must decide whether to pay for their rent and food costs or make court ordered child support payments. If they don't choose the child support payments, they could face penalties such as jail time, fines and wage garnishments. In addition, they may find it difficult to see their kids if they do not pay the required child support.
International child support enforcement is an issue for many in California who have one parent of a child living in a foreign country. The enforcement of a child support obligation can take as many as five years or more to be established, and that only includes the 15 countries where bilateral agreements exist to cooperate on these issues. But it may be that help is on the way in the form of a formal ratification of a global treaty involving child support enforcement.
Traditionally, in California as elsewhere, it was the man who earned the higher income in most families. This fact often led to payments for child support and spousal maintenance to the wife in divorce situations as she was the one traditionally responsible for taking care of the children and maintaining the home. These payments could last for years in some cases, depending on factors such as the work history of the wife and the length of the marriage.
Sometimes the divorce process in California can take many months or even years to complete. In cases where there are significant assets to be divided, the time can be delayed as the divorcing spouses try to come up with an agreement. In cases where no agreement can be reached, there may be court involvement through litigation or in the final divorce settlement.
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.
A few weeks ago we posted about the divorce of NBA Lakers star Kobe Bryant from his wife Vanessa. We knew few details about the divorce proceedings at that time, but since then, several details have come to light, including those surrounding property division.
Child support is crucial in providing the appropriate necessities for a child in California and across the United States and timely payments are very important during every stage in a child's life. That is why the federal government is trying to use the Internet to keep parents accountable.
Many Riverside residents know firsthand how important child support payments are to the well-being of their children. Unfortunately, many noncustodial parents do not make complete payments or do not make payments at all. In fact, only a third of custodial parents receive any of the child support they are due, and a quarter never receives any payments.