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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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