Many married couples with children who divorce in California move forward in life bound to certain stipulations set forth in their divorce decrees. For some, that includes paying or receiving child support. However, not every person ordered to pay or who receives child support has been married and divorced. Either way, if the court orders someone to make payments and it is not being done, it's a definite problem.
It is not uncommon for custodial parents to rely heavily on child support to help make ends meet as they nurture and provide for their children. Who pays, how much is paid and when payments should be made are all issues the court decides. The bottom line is that, whether or not a parent agrees with the court's decision, an existing court order must be obeyed by all parties involved. If a child support is unpaid, there are steps a concerned parent can take to rectify the situation.