California residents often agree that going through a separation is a troubling and truly difficult process. The hard decisions, such as separating from one's once thought life partner, determining difficult questions, such as child custody, child support and dividing property, can take a hardy toll on all involved. Yet, it is also important to keep in perspective the potential positive aspects of getting the separation.
August is Child Support Awareness Month in the state of California. Authorities and residents alike are taking time to contemplate the child support system and consider its benefits as well as areas for improvement.
If there aren't enough things for divorcing parents to consider like complicated questions of alimony, property division and child custody, difficult financial situations such as college tuition payments also factor into the details of a divorce proceeding. As experts take a close look at financial aid applications as they relate to divorce, it becomes increasingly clear the divorce decree can have serious implications on financial aid awards.
There is no question that divorce can be a trying process. It is difficult to make the decision or accept the fact that a once intended life long relationship is going to end early. A separating couple has built a life together and often shares bank accounts and children, in addition to sharing friends, family and other property. Coming to terms with the fact that one will no longer have that individual in his or her life is hard, no doubt. Sometimes, all of these emotional and stressful factors play into the divorce process, lurking somewhere deep in the unconscious mind, surfacing later as anger and frustration.
Previous posts on this blog have discussed child custody issues that can come up during divorce. There is no doubt that child custody is one of the most contentious and emotionally charged topics during a separation. However, things may be a little different when the divorcing couple has grown children. A recent article highlights how to handle divorce when it involves adult children.
There is no question that divorce is an emotionally difficult process. However, in the face of public scrutiny, the procedure can be all the more trying. California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is currently facing such an uphill battle. The treasurer recently filed for divorce from his wife. Lockyer's wife resigned earlier this year from her position on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors after her problems with substance abuse and marital problems became public knowledge.
Many Alameda County residents know that going through a divorce is difficult enough before addressing contentious issues such as child custody and child support as well. On top of all this, once a divorce decree delineating child support payments is finally determined, collecting child support payments can be a whole different issue.
As a previous post mentioned, former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been under court and media scrutiny for his alleged failure to make child support payments. A California judge recently threatened jail time as a potential consequence, calling the failure to pay contempt of court.
Child support is the regular payments made to cover a child's day-to-day expenses like food, medical care and clothing. In California, the amount of child support is calculated according to a formula that factors in both parents' incomes. California support orders can include penalties for failure to pay accordingly. These penalties may be issued in the form of a fine, or as criminal punishment, as in the recent case involving former NBA star Dennis Rodman.
Often residents of California may conceptualize child support payments as some sort of agreement issued by the court between divorced couples. Generally, residents may perceive child support as a form of payment issued by the father to the mother of the child. However, this is not always the case in California or elsewhere across the country. One single woman has been ordered by the court to pay child support.