For the vast majority of divorces involving minor children, child support from the noncustodial parent is necessary to cover the expenses of raising a child, including education, health care and various everyday expenses. Too many custodial parents across the country, including many in California, face financial difficulties when court-ordered child support payments are not made on time. To address this concern and to bolster state efforts to ensure support collection, federal laws address the most serious cases of nonpayment.
Children often suffer the most in a divorce. While the emotional needs of the child need to be met by the biological parents, it is also important to remember the financial aspect of raising a child. Often, the court awards primary or physical custody to one parent. The non-custodial parent, in most cases, becomes responsible for child support. In the event that a child is born out of wedlock, the court may establish child support to help the child and the custodial parent under California law.
California ranks near the top among states with the highest divorce rates. Among the legal implications following the divorce of a married couple, child support is one of the most important. Ideally, child support is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent following a legal separation. The amount paid monthly is meant to aid in raising a child, including every day expenses and medical needs, among other things.