If a California parent is unable to meet his or her obligations to financially provide for his or her children as ordered by a family law court, there are legal steps that can be taken to request a lower payment amount. What a parent may not do is stop making child support payments without the court's permission. Not only can this lead to legal problems, it can also wind up costing even more money, as made evident by a case in another state involving R&B star R. Kelly.
Kelly has publicly stated that he doesn't have enough money in the bank to make monthly child support payments of $21,000. The singer was sent to jail for being delinquent on his account. However, he was released after three days when someone provided $100,000 on his behalf.