Many married parents wind up in family court, litigating issues concerning their children when their marriage has come to an end. There are also many unmarried parents with children in common that have legal issues to resolve with one another. Whether married or unmarried, child support is often a key focus in family court proceedings.
Financially providing for one's children is not an obligation that becomes obsolete after parents decide to divorce. When a judge in a California family court issues a child support order, it always stems from a decision being made according to what the court believes will best protect the children's best interests. Whether a particular parent is making regular support payments or is receiving payments to provide for his or her children, if he or she believes a change in the plan is warranted, a petition for modification can be filed in court.
When a California family court judge issues an order regarding child custody, financial issues or visitation, the parents involved must fully adhere to its terms. Under certain circumstances, the court may grant modification of a court order, such as if a parent who has been paying child support loses his or her job, then requests that payments be temporarily paused until he or she is gainfully employed again. There are legal steps to take to request modification. A parent cannot simply stop making payments.
California parents concerned about paternity testing will want to review a case as it unfolds in another state. The issue is child support and the court recently handed down a ruling that caught many people by surprise. It all began when a man filed a petition for visitation to see the child he thought was his.
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.
When people post personal photos or comments on social media, it can lead to problems in their private lives. For instance, many California readers are familiar with "Good Morning America" show host Michael Strahan. His recent Instagram post has apparently gotten his ex a bit riled up about child support.
The son of a coal baron, who is well known in California and internationally and reportedly has ties with the POTUS, is currently entangled in a bitter court battle regarding divorce-related issues and other matters. The man's ex has accused him of serious crimes against their adopted pre-teen daughter. A U.S. district court judge recently dismissed a claim the man in question filed against his former wife. He has also stated that his ex has failed to pay child support.
California courts do not look favorably upon those who shirk their parental duties. It is especially so if the parent in question is ordered to pay child support and willfully fails to comply with the court order. In fact, such situations often lead to arrests when a judge overseeing a specific case issues an arrest warrant to take a parent into custody on grounds for contempt of court.
All good parents in California and beyond consider the well-being of their children one of their highest priorities in life. Filing for divorce definitely has an impact on children, especially in situations where one parent was a sole provider. If the stay-at home parent is granted custody, child support may be a key issue in the proceedings.
There are many social, political and economic issues that advocate groups like to promote on a national level to raise awareness and to provide resources for those in need. One such issue is child support. In fact, the month of August is dedicated in California and throughout the country as "National Child Support Awareness Month."