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What is an earnings assignment for child support in California?

In cases where a California couple with children has divorced, there may be concerns that the parent who is ordered to pay child support will not make the payments. Therefore, it is important to know what can be done to ensure payments are made on time and in full. The state has certain methods of ensuring that the child support is paid. One is known as an earnings assignment, alternatively referred to as wage garnishment. Knowing how to get an earnings assignment is key.

Former TV star incarcerated for failing to pay spousal support

California is a state where there are many people in the entertainment industry who either have earned or continue to earn significant sums of money. However, accruing wealth does not mean that the income will continue indefinitely and the wealth will be sufficient to maintain a previous lifestyle. When there is a high-asset divorce or separation, spousal support is often one of the most contentious divorce legal issues that must be dealt with. If a person who has been ordered to pay a certain amount in spousal support fails to do so, it can result in sanctions and even jail time.

5 ways you can benefit from divorce mediation

When most people think of divorce, they imagine endless hours spent communicating with and through divorce lawyers and fighting over every single detail. However, it does not have to be this way. You may even know someone in Pleasanton who had an easy divorce process.

What is the legal purpose of child custody mediation?

Many people in California would agree that it is preferable to settle child custody issues through a mutual agreement between the child's parents, rather than having to resort to litigation that pits one parent against the other. Mediation can be beneficial to get all the parents' concerns into the open, so they can find common ground and perhaps formulate their own agreement without the need for judicial intervention. With child custody mediation, it is important to understand the purpose of it, the standards and the rules under state law.

California bill to collect unpaid child support moves forward

If a California couple decides to divorce and they had children, it is common for one parent to have custody while the other parent pays child support. A common problem, however, is if the supporting parent does not pay what he or she is supposed to. The state often struggles to collect on these delinquent payments. Strategies to compel parents to pay frequently fall short. A new bill that just passed the first house seeks to change the way past due child support is collected.

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