Apart from child custody, child support is often the most contentious aspect of a divorce or parentage action. What parties sometimes do not understand is that the child, not the parent, holds the rights to this support. Parents cannot agree to pay an amount less than they owe without the court's permission. Keith Banks is a trusted child support attorney in Davis, CA, who can help you obtain an initial support order, enforce a support order, or modify a current support order. To discuss your case in more detail, contact Mr. Banks today.
California Family Code section 4053
The first and principal obligation for both parents is to support his or her minor children according to the parent's circumstances and situation in life.California Legislative Information
Criteria That Dictates Child Support
To calculate child support, the court must take into account the financial needs of the child, including education, insurance, and day care, as well as the income of both parents. The court may also consider the time each parent spends with the child. Other factors, such as support obligations from a previous marriage, can change the amount owed.
How Long Will You Pay Child Support?
California law states that a parent is obligated to pay child support until the child is 18 years old. However, there are certain exceptions.
What Does Child Support Cover?
Child support payments cover costs including but no limited to:
- Medical Care
- Uninsured Medical Expenses
- School Fees and Expenses
- Transportation and Travel
- Extracurricular Activities
These expenses ensure your child receives the opportunities they deserve.
What if You Miss a Payment?
Missing a support payment creates what is known as an "arrear." An arrear for child support must be paid. Without an agreement by the owed spouse, the arrear cannot be discharged because of bankruptcy and cannot be forgiven by the court.
Not only will you be required to pay the missed amount, but you will also be required to pay interest. Do not delay seeking help if you are unsure if you can afford to pay support because you have lost your job or your income has significantly decreased.
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At our practice, we put your child's best interests first. To protect your child's financial future and learn more about the laws pertaining to child support, please contact us online or give us a call at (530) 725-5388.