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Can My Ex Deny Visitation if I Am Behind on Child Support?

In some Orange County, California divorce cases, parents are not able to co-parent effectively. In some situations, they are not able to work together at all. When co-parents are having difficulty working together, custodial parents sometimes feel justified in denying parenting time or refusing to reschedule missed parenting time. They may think that the non-custodial parent’s apparent disinterest in sticking to the parenting plan justifies this response. Too often, the non-custodial parent in this situation feels that if they can be denied parenting time, the reverse is also true. They use this reasoning as justification when they stop making their…

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Can California Parents Agree to Waive Child Support Payments?

Is it okay for an Orange County, California parent to waive child support? This question comes up regularly amongst divorced and divorcing parents.  According to California Family Code, when the support of a minor child is at issue, the court has the power to order either one or both of the child’s parents to pay any amount necessary. (Family Code section. 4001.) A minor child is defined as a child under the age of 18 or a child over 18 who is unmarried, in high school full-time and not self-supporting. Child support obligations stay in place until the child completes…

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What To Do If You Cannot Afford to Make Your Child Support Payments

Before ordering child support payments, a California judge looks over the parents’ incomes and expenses. They attempt to determine a fair and equitable contribution intended to enable parents to provide for their child financially. In some cases, for a variety of reasons, a parent may not be able to afford to pay their court-ordered child support. If your expenses increase or your income decreases, making it difficult or impossible for you to make your child support payments, there may be something you can do to make things easier. 1.    Discuss the Situation with Your Ex: While no oral agreement will be…

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Can a Prenuptial Agreement Dictate Child Support Payments?

Modern couples planning their marriage often find that prenuptial agreements are useful tools. They are especially helpful when one or both individuals entering marriage have significant assets to protect. One common mistake couples make when entering prenuptial agreements in California is including terms the court is likely to reject – like pre-determined child support payment amounts. Courts prefer divorcing parents to create a parenting plan outlining physical and legal custody of their children. When parents agree on the terms together, it usually results in lower levels of conflict and less stress for all involved. But this preference for amicable co-parenting…

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California Child Support: When Do Child Support Payments End?

California law states that children have the right to be supported financially by both of their parents. When necessary the court will order child support obligations per the law with payments intended to provide the child with necessities like housing, food, clothing, educational costs, medical expenses, and other reasonable expenses. Basics of California Child Support: Child support payments are typically paid to the parent who has primary custody of the child. The amount of child support is based on California Child Support Guidelines taking into account the incomes of both parents and the amount of time the child spends with…

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What To Do If You Are Having Difficulty Paying Support

A common concern that often comes up after the entry of a divorce judgment in the court is the spouse who has been asked to pay for spousal or child support declares his or her inability to do so any more. The aim of this article is to discuss the steps that should be taken if such an issue comes up. Step 1: Go through the divorce decree thoroughly While it is an obvious thing to do, there are several people who tend to overlook it. A divorce judgment is an extremely crucial document, which anyone such as the judge,…

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What To Do If You Stop Receiving Support Payments

There are several occasions when parties require professional help so that the financial judgment that were declared in their favor could be enforced either in paternity or in divorce cases, most of the times a court declares its financial judgments based upon issues like split of marital properties, alimony, spousal support or child support.  After the judgments have been entered, it is expected that the recipients should be depending on the awarded monies for their daily expenses. Hence, when a person stops getting support payments, the outcomes could be difficult for both the parties. How does the court take actions…

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What To Do When You Aren’t Receiving Ordered Child Support

If there is a court order for child support, whether the divorce is final or not, the parent designated as the recipient parent can enforce the order if the other parent is not paying on time or does not provide child support payment in accordance with the court order. It is the job of the recipient parent to make sure that child support payments are provided for as long as they are needed for the care of the children. If you aren’t receiving the child support payments you are due according to court order, contact legal representation as soon as…

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What Role Does A Parent’s Income Play In Child Support?

During a divorce that involves children, one of the parent ends up having custody over the children while the other parent pays a certain amount as child support. It is important that parents earn a substantial amount of money each year for child support. Parents with low income have often found themselves losing child custody battles. In some cases, child custody has been awarded to a third party due to low income by both parents. Calculating the amount for child support It is very important that parents calculate the amount of child support they need to pay. Parents should first…

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Credit Scores Can Be Affected By Child Support Payments

During divorce, there are many factors that can negatively affect an individual. Child support payments are serious matters and default payments can even land an individual in jail. But there is another problem that arises due to untimely child support payments. Credit scores are also affected. Timely payments can strengthen the credit score and irregular payments can have the opposite effect. Child support payments are seen with the same importance as mortgage or vehicles by credit companies. Child support reports default payments to credit companies. The credit companies keep a track of individuals with defaults. Default payments have an effect…

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