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How does the state enforce child support orders and agreements?

There are two ways that California parents may find themselves subject to the mandates of a child support plan: through their own work in the creation of a child support agreement or by order of a court. In either case a child support plan may carry the weight of judicial power once it is entered into the legal record and made binding on those a party to it. Once a plan has judicial authority it may be enforced through state-endorsed methods.

Child support enforcement tactics are important because they help ensure that children receive the financial assistance they deserve from their parents. Without enforcement options a parent may never feel compelled to send their monthly child support checks. The enforcement methods available through the state affect parents in different but important ways.

Certain enforcement tools have financial bearing on parents' well-being. The may involve intercepting tax returns or garnishing the parents' pay. Others may impact parents' rights and opportunities to work, such as the suspension of their driving privileges or the suspension of their professional licenses.

One of the most drastic enforcement tactics that may be used if a parent simply does not respond to other attempts is to issue a contempt of court warrant against the parent. When a person disobeys the terms of a judicial order they may be guilty of contempt and contempt charges can result in jail time for those who choose to avoid the responsibilities.

Child support enforcement in California can be tough on paying parents but is important to the children who depend on their parents for what they need. Getting child support paid can be difficult but individuals can utilize the help of family law attorneys to navigate the complicated world of having support payments paid.

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