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Common considerations regarding child support in California

Child support is an important topic in the lives of many in Northern California, the East Bay and throughout the state. As a result, it is helpful for parents and families to be familiar with the basics of child support. To begin with, child support is determined by state child support guidelines. The calculation for child support can be complex but evaluates the number of children, the income of each of the parents, the amount of time each parent has custody and tax considerations.

Child support modification can be made for change in circumstance

After you and your child's other parent have decided to lead separate lives, it is only right to put a child custody agreement in place. Of the many details these child custody agreements determine, one is child support. Child support guidelines are often very specific and detail how, when and how much a child's main custodial parent should be paid to support the child. While child support agreements may last for long periods of time, there may come a time when the agreement is no longer meeting the needs of the child and the parents involved.

Six arrested in California for failing to pay child support

The family law process provides a variety of valuable child support resources to parents and families in a variety of different types of situations. Six people, including five men and one woman, were recently arrested in Northern California for failure to pay child support. A warrant sweep was conducted for failure to appear in court for failure to pay child support. The six individuals were arrested on civil contempt charges for their failure to pay court-ordered child support. Individuals in California that have failed to pay child support may be wanted on a civil arrest warrant. Parents facing that situation should contact the Department of Child Support Services.

Divorce-related modifications are available in some situations

Families can experience many changes following a divorce. Potential job loss, the need to relocate for a career or a child's developmental changes can all have an impact on the relevance of a divorce order. Because change is understood, the family law process provides the option to request a child support modification, child custody modification or even a modification of spousal support.

Divorcing parents need to have a shared focus on the children

Parents who are going through the divorce process will have to continue to work together as parents following the divorce. Co-parenting following a divorce involves many important considerations and financial considerations are one set of concerns divorced parents must address.

Local help for families with child support needs and concerns

As we prepare to leave August and summer behind and move into the school year, a local child support services office had an important reminder during Child Support Awareness Month in August that child support is important for the day-to-day lives and futures of children. It is important for both parents to take child support obligations seriously. The child support services office, in a nearby local county, helps collect and distribute child support payments but also handles additional services as well.

Understanding child support in California

It is important for parents in California to understand child support and how a child support order is enforced. After a child support order is issued, a wage garnishment order is also issued so that the employer of the paying parent takes the ordered amount out of paying parent's wages. If the parents agree, and the local child support agency is not involved, the order for wage garnishment can be stayed and the parents can decide between themselves how the child support payments will be made. If the local child support agency is involved, then it has to agree with the arrangement in order for the wage garnishment to be stayed.

Understanding when child support modifications may be available

In some circumstances, it may be necessary to seek the modification of a child support order. In general, an existing child support order may be modified in some situations. An existing child support order may be modified if there is a significant change in the earnings of either parents (either a significant increase or decrease in earnings of one or the other, or both, parents); there is a change in custody or a change in the amount of time the child spends with each of the parents; in circumstances of a military deployment or a change in any other factor that may impact child support guidelines.

Post-divorce child support modifications may be available

Life is full of changes and life following divorce is not any different. Life changes can alter the relevance or applicability of divorce orders related to child support, child custody or other divorce-related concerns. Parties may encounter the need to care for a sick loved one, the need to deal with developmental challenges facing a child, an unexpected job loss or a relocation related to a career opportunity.

How can parents modify a California child support order?

Child support amounts are determined based on a number of factors, such as the child's educational expenses, medical expenses and everyday expenses. However, as many Alameda County residents might agree, the cost of raising a child can increase over time and that increase will demand a change in the child support amount. Similarly, there may be circumstances under which the non-custodial parent may wish a have the child support amount modified.

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