Deciding to file for divorce is stressful enough without additional issues intensifying the turmoil. Especially if children are involved, it takes patience, effort and knowledge to develop a plan that protects your parental rights and financial interests. Whether you're the parent who will be paying child support or receiving payments that your co-parent has been ordered to pay, it is critical that you understand California laws and regulations ahead of time to help avoid problems down the line.
The judge overseeing your case will take numerous factors into consideration before ruling on financial matters. The court needs to know all relevant information regarding yours and your ex's incomes. You'll also want to make tax information and other financial issues, such as expenses related to child care or health care, available to the court.
Once the court hands down a ruling, both you and your ex must fully adhere to the terms of the court order. If you believe the ruling is unfair, you may be able to file an appeal. Unless and until the court issues modification of the existing court order, it remains valid and active.
Any parent in California or elsewhere who disregards a child support order can be held in contempt of court. It is never a good idea, however, to try to take matters into your own hands. If a problem arises, such as your co-parent stops making payments or you run into a financial crisis as the paying parent, you can ask an experienced family law attorney to seek the court's intervention on your behalf. The Law Office of Edward S. Matisoff is committed to helping parents overcome any and all divorce-related complications concerning child custody, support, visitation or alimony.