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What constitutes a child support agreement?

Child support is a required payment made by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the care and maintenance of the person's child or children. In California, courts must issue an order directing the non-custodial parent to pay child support according to child support guideline issued by the state. However, the divorcing parents may agree to a different child support amount if they draft and agree to a child support agreement outside the court.

How a California court works in a child support case

Divorced spouses in California, who have filed for child support, may be interested to know what role the court plays in determining a child support order. Generally, the judge in a family court is the final authority in determining the child support amount and passing a child support order. The Local Child Support Agency may ask the court to issue a new order or modify an existing order, depending on the circumstances. If there is already an existing child support order, the LCSA can enforce it on behalf of the complainant. In other cases, the LCSA initiates the process of generating a child support order.

What do federal child-support enforcement laws cover?

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.

A local lawyer can help resolve California child support issues

Divorced residents of Oakland and Alameda, California, might know first-hand all the varying ways a divorce can affect a child. A bitter divorce battle between the estranged couple can even affect a child's physical and mental growth.

Tips on using the California child support calculator

As parents fight about various divorce issues, such as alimony, property division, children often fear the worst. They may be overwhelmed by insecurity which may stem from the unsettled issues of who will provide primary care such as housing, food, clothing and education. In the best interests of the child, the court may gives physical custody to one parent and makes the other responsible for child support payments.

Understanding the child support system in Alameda County

Divorce typically deals a hard blow to children. As parents squabble over child custody, spousal support, and child support, children may feel a strange insecurity about who will look after them and pay for their food, clothing, education and toys. What about medical expenses or everyday expenses of the child? These are some of the questions that may haunt children when their parents are planning to break up permanently?

Who can best help in child support issues?

Child support is the regular periodic payment of money ordered by a court to the custodial parent of a child to meet the child's basic living expenses. The order is made by the court with the best interests of the child in mind. In California, child support can be payable by one parent or both parents, depending on the court order.

Resolving child support complaints in California

Child support complaints in California that involve a state agency's collection efforts can be addressed by a non-custodial party or a custodial parent via a legal filing with the local child support agency. Forms that are required for such a complaint are available at local child support agencies as well as the official website of the California Department of Child Support Services.

California regulations for interstate child support

California child support laws offer multiple solutions to problems that all parents face, no matter which state they live in. When a child's legal guardians or parents reside in different states, or one of them lives in another country, under the California child support laws, a child support case can be initiated at the child support agency where one parent resides. Then the agency will establish the child support order and seek assistance from the other state or country where the other parent is situated in.

Child support overview for a noncustodial parent in California

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.

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