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Child support main issue in Rob Kardashian child custody dispute

Many Hollywood fans in California closely follow any story having to do with Rob Kardashian and his former fiancee, Blac Chyna. The couple had informed the public of their intent to marry in 2016 around the same time they let everyone know they were expecting a baby together. Not long after the big announcements, the couple severed their ties. This led to a court battle that recently concluded with a child support agreement finally being achieved.

When the baby was born, mother and child reportedly moved out of Kardashian's home. That's when the child custody battle began. Throughout proceedings, Kardashain and Chyna accused one another of acting vengefully toward the other; in fact, Chyna actually filed cyberbullying charges against Kardashian at one point.

California child support guidelines based on objective factors

Long ago, it was assumed that in cases of divorce, mothers would likely be granted custody of their children over fathers. That's no longer presumable in California or anywhere else in the nation although the court has discretion to make subjective determinations as to what would be in a particular child's best interests regarding custody. The guidelines the court follows to make decisions about child support, on the other hand, are much more objective.

Generally speaking, children age 19 and over do not receive child support in divorce. For those 18 and under, the court typically weighs various factors, likely beginning with the incomes of both parents. In situations where a custodial parent has spent many years out of the workforce at home raising children, this may be a significant factor if, upon finalization of divorce, that parent still has not secured gainful employment to provide for his or her children.

Divorce mediation may be option if you get along with your spouse

There are any number of reasons why California couples decide to divorce. For some, time has passed, children have grown and spouses have discovered that they no longer have anything in common; hence, they decide to go their separate ways. Others sever marital ties following a particular incident or string of events, such as an extramarital affair or a serious medical condition.

Regardless of the details of an individual situation, if both spouses are able to communicate amicably, divorce mediation may be an option to keep things out of court. When two people enter mediation, they must both agree to cooperate and compromise in the hope of attaining certain goals. Such goals often include matters pertaining to child custody and visitation or property division.

How can mediation be used in divorce?

When Sarah and Ben decided to end their marriage, they both hired attorneys. In just a few short months, however, they had spent thousands of dollars in attorney fees and court filings and nothing was moving along.

Frustrated that the proceedings were taking so long, Sarah researched mediation. Ben quickly agreed and in a short time, they reached an agreement they could both live with. Their attorneys reviewed it, signed off and it was filed with the court.

Not all trends are good: Unpaid child support problem in Tulare

Many people in California have court orders to receive financial assistance from their former spouses to help provide for their children. However, there appears to be a child support problem in some areas, such as Tulare County. Officials there say at least 25 percent of those ordered to pay child support there have failed to do so.

As many as 20 percent of all children in Tulare are or could be covered by a child support order. Somewhere around $288 million is currently owed regarding past and current cases in the area. In fact, 2 percent of all child support cases in the state are on file in Tulare County. There are mandatory guidelines in this state that govern such issues, including calculations for payments.

Mediation helps with property division during marital split

Sometimes, a marriage simply does not work out, in which case divorce is inevitable. However, just because you are getting a divorce does not mean the divorce proceeding has to be a bitter, drawn-out battle.  

With divorce mediation, you can work with your spouse on achieving a settlement of which both of you approve. This alternative to divorce litigation can be especially helpful if you and your spouse are in disagreement with how to handle property division. Without using a mediator, you both will end up having to go to trial and let a judge in California determine how to split your assets.

Divorce mediation may be option if you get along with your spouse

No two California couples divorce for the very same reasons. For some, time has passed, children have grown, and spouses have discovered that they no longer have anything in common; hence, they decide to go their separate ways. Others do so following a particular incident or string of events, such as an extramarital affair or serious medical condition. Regardless of the details of an individual situation, if both spouses are able to communicate amicably, divorce mediation may be an option to keep things out of court.

When two people enter mediation, they must both agree to cooperate in the hope of attaining certain goals. Such goals often include matters pertaining to child custody and visitation or property division. It won't work if someone is being dishonest or is merely looking for an argument every time differences of opinion arise.

Key factors in California guidelines for child support

If a California married couple with children divorces, they likely enter proceedings understanding that they will remain connected the rest of their lives because they are parents together. For some, this thought may be oddly comforting; others are not so in tune with the idea. Either way, it helps to be able to communicate amicably, especially where important issues like child support are concerned.

Child support plans don't fall from the sky, meaning the particulars of a given agreement are not randomly determined but are carefully decided upon after the court reviews existing state guidelines. Even then, no two situations are the same; so, what the court determines appropriate in one instance may be very different from another. If a parent believes the court has reached a particular decision in error, he or she may ask an attorney to file an appeal.

Child support may comprise half a family's income

Many married couples in California who divorce face significant challenges related to finances and children. The court is the ultimate voice of authority when determining whether parents should pay child support, how much such payments should be and when/how they should transpire. Throughout the nation, many families are experiencing great difficulty making ends meet when court-ordered child support remains unpaid.

In fact, in one East Coast state, there's an entire month set aside to raise awareness regarding important child support issues. Current statistics show that child support payments often total as much as half the overall income of a particular household. Families living at or below the poverty line are reportedly affected most by failures to adhere to court-ordered child support agreements.

Former Major League Baseball star in jail on child support issues

Yankees fans in California who followed Major League Baseball in the 80s and 90s are likely familiar with Danny Tartabull. He was reportedly the highest paid player in the American League in 1992. That's the year he signed on for five years in a $27 million agreement. Tartabull was back in the news recently, but not for anything having to do with his superb baseball skills. He was arrested and taken to jail for back child support issues.

Tartabull's attorney says he has a great relationship with both of his adult children. The problem is that he was convicted for delinquent child support in 2011. He was reportedly supposed to turn himself in at the time but never did, and police have had a warrant out for his arrest ever since. It all came to a head recently when authorities received a phone call from Tartabull claiming his vehicle had been burglarized.

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