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Child support guidelines in the state of California

For many individuals in California and elsewhere, there is a deep desire and yearning to have a child. Thus, when couples decide to embark on this journey, there are some realities that they must face. Raising a child is costly, but couples are able to pool together their money and make it work. However, when parents split or divorce, this can present issues, as it might be difficult for one parent to meet these financial needs on his or her own. In these cases, it might be vital to seek child support.

In the state of California, there are guidelines set for those seeking child support payments. These guidelines help the court determine the amount of money a parent or both parents must pay every month with regards to the expenses required to raise a child or children. While judges base there decisions on certain factors based on the guidelines set out by the state, this is not a straightforward process and it can get rather emotional.

What is an uncontested divorce?

Whether we observe it among celebrities, friends and family members or in our own marriage, we understand that no marriage is safe from divorce. While some spouses are able to get through the rough times, others understand it is best to part ways. Although no divorce is a happy process, it can be easier if spouses work together and reduce the number of disputes between them. This essentially occurs when spouses do not contest their divorce.

What is an uncontested divorce? This is when both spouses agree to divorce. The major benefit of this type of divorce is that it can save the divorcing couple both time and money. This also means that the couple agrees to big issues, such as child custody, support obligations, property distribution and spousal support.

Helping you navigate the ups and downs of divorce

Divorce can take on many forms. For one divorcing couple, this might look like filing for divorce and reaching an agreement on all divorce issues on their own. For another couple, this might look like disputes over custody, child support, property division and other similar issues. And for other couples, it might take on a whole different approach, as a spouse might seek to take protective steps because of domestic abuse.

At Niven & Niven, Attorneys and Law, our experienced divorce attorneys understand that no two divorces are the same, just like no two marriages are the same. A marriage can have years of memories, property, disputes and baggage. This can make a divorce, no matter its length, a messy and complex process.

Reasons to modify child support

Parents that are actively involved in the lives of their children want what is best for them. This not only means being there to support them mentally, physically and emotionally, but it also means being financially supportive. Raising a child can be rather costly, making it difficult for divorced parents to ensure all the needs of their child are met in both households. Thus, child support is often established as a means to ensure the financial needs of the child are continually met post-divorce.

When child support is established through a court order, it is expected that a parent will continue to meet this financial obligation. However, certain event in life could hurt a person's ability to maintain this ability to pay. While there are legitimate reasons why a parent can no longer pay child support, some parents decide to not pay because they are being vindictive.

Avoid divorce stress on summer vacation

You married. You had children. You raised them for 10 or more years, then determined you no longer wanted to be in a marriage to their other parent. You divorced. Everything seemed to be going fine until summertime came. Now that it's here, you feel stressed, overwhelmed and worried that it's shaping up to be your worst summer ever.  

It doesn't necessarily have to be that way. You're definitely not the only California family heading into summer shortly after finalizing a divorce. In fact, talking to friends or family members who have gone through similar experiences may be a first logical step to take to avoid major summertime stress. It's wise to review your court order and make sure both you and your ex clearly understand its terms. Also, keeping pertinent contact information with you at all times gives you easy access to support if problems arise. 

What are the penalties for delinquent child support payments?

When parents divorce, there are many decisions to be made and issues to sort through. One of these is child support. For a parent that is required to pay child support, this financial obligation is outline in an order. Once an order has been established, that parent is required to pay child support unless they take steps to modify the order to terminate it. However, just because a parent doesn't agree with the order or cannot make an upcoming payment, this does not mean they can avoid paying child support. Failing to pay child support could result in serious penalties.

What are the penalties for delinquent child support payments? In the state of California, failing to pay child support can have serious consequences. If a parent is able to pay child support and is purposefully not paying it, he or she could be found in contempt of court. This can be a serious offense, as it could involve jail time.

Frances Cobain loses father's guitar in divorce

While there might only be a few reasons to get married, there are a wide variety of reasons to end a marriage. What it boils down to is that the relationship can no longer work, and the spouses are better apart than together. Divorce can be a very emotional and challenging time, but it is necessary to work through some important and sensitive issues to complete the process. In some cases, this means letting go of things that are very important to one spouse.

According to recent reports, Frances Bean Cobain finalized her divorce with Isaiah Silva. The 25-year-old daughter of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain married Silva in 2014 and filed for divorce in 2016.

Factors considered in parental relocation

Being offered a new job or starting fresh in a new town sound like exciting opportunities. However, it can be a problematic situation for those with custody orders in place. Even when a custodial parent is seeking to relocate with their child that lives primarily or only with them, a non-custodial parent may take action to preserve his or her visitation rights, presenting issues for the parent that seeks to relocate.

In parental relocation matters, absent an agreement between the parents, the courts will look at certain factors when determining whether or not to allow for relocation. Specifically, a judge will determine if the move is contrary or in the best interests of the child.

Is your spouse hiding assets to keep them from you in divorce?

Have you ever had a conversation with someone where you feel like something was not right, perhaps as though the other person was not being completely forthright – maybe he or she was trying to hide the truth from you? There are many reasons a friend or loved one might do such things. One might be that he or she is afraid of what your reaction will be if the truth comes out, and he or she is trying not to upset you.  

Another might be that telling the truth would mean exposing a personal fault that the person to whom you are speaking doesn't want you to know. If you're currently going through divorce, you believe your spouse is not acting on the up-and-up, it might have something to do with a hidden asset problem. Knowing how to recognize signs that your spouse is trying to hide assets and where to seek support may help you get things back on track before they get out of hand. 

Jack and Lisa Osbourne go through an amicable divorce

Ending a marriage, no matter its length, is never easy. Spouses are faced with difficult decisions, and it doesn't make it easier when the end of the relationship is being observed by the general public. While divorce can be emotional and difficult for anyone, celebrity divorces have the tendency of being more challenging, as they are frequently scrutinized in the media and false information is spread in the tabloids. Many individuals in California and elsewhere seek to keep these matters private, as the details of dissolution can be sensitive.

Following a seven-year relationship and a six-year marriage, Jack and Lisa Osbourne have decided to call it quits. Because the couple has three daughters, they made a statement that they are both committed to keeping the peace for their children. The divorcing couple says that they are taking a page from Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's book. The couple coined the term conscious uncoupling, and the two have been able to remain friends after ending their 10-year marriage in 2014.


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