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Your children deserve financial support from both parents

A parent who receives physical custody of their child may bear significant costs to ensure that their child is properly cared for and has everything that they need to thrive. This can include purchasing food and clothing for the youth, paying a mortgage or rent to keep the child in a safe home, and making payments on a car or other form of transportation to make sure the child gets to school and everywhere else that they must go to fully live their life. When these and other costs are added up, a San Francisco parent may find that their child-rearing expenses are quite high.

Changing a child support order in California

If a San Francisco parent wants to change the amount of child support they must pay, then that parent must be able to prove that there has been a change in circumstances. This post will introduce some ways that a change in circumstance may be proven, but the information provided herein is not complete. Family law attorneys should be consulted by those who have legal questions about modifying their support orders and obligations.

How does time-sharing impact child support payments?

As Californians know, child custody and parenting plans can take on many distinctive forms. Matters related to the custody of children are driven by the needs and interests of the youths whose lives are controlled by the orders and agreements made for them. As such, it is not uncommon for a child of divorced or separated parents to spend some of their time in the custody of one parent and the rest of their time in the custody of the other.

What income sources are used to set child support payments?

In California, both parents of a child are expected to financially support their offspring. If the child's parents are separated or divorced and living in separate households, then each may be ordered to provide child support for the benefit of their child. Generally, the parent who does not have primary physical custody of their child will be responsible for periodic payments of support to their child's other parent for the child's benefit.

What costs may be paid by child support payments?

When a San Francisco parent is ordered to pay child support, they are required to provide financial support that will benefit the needs of the recipient child. The state of California uses a set of guidelines that generally determine how much support a parent must pay for their child or children; these guidelines can be set aside if circumstances require the parent to pay more or if the parents establish a payment schedule that their presiding court agrees serves the best interests of their children.

What are the penalties for failing to pay child support?

Child support is the payment of money from one parent to the other for the benefit of their shared children. In California, the duty to financially support children is considered a parent's first priority, above other financial obligations and, in some cases, even above a parent's responsibility to phycially care for a child.

California parents may agree to extend child support

When California parents decide to end their marriages it is often their children who feel some of the deepest effects of the splits. The kids may be uncertain of what their future holds and may even question where they will live as their parents separate their lives and begin establishing two households where before there was only one. Although courts seek to protect the best interests of children when they make child custody and support decisions, parents can also take action and choose to support their kids as they transition out of childhood and into adulthood.

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