Here are the top 7 things you should know about child support. It is important to be knowledgeable on the factors that determine child support regardless of whether you are seeking support or paying support.
#1 – Child support is money paid by one parent to the other to assist with the expenses, housing, clothing, feeding and caring for a child. The parent paying support cannot dictate what happens to the money after it is received by the other party.
#2 – The child support amount is based on the income or earning capacity of both of the parties, as well as the timeshare.
#3 – The timeshare is the amount of time that each parent physically spends with the child. Generally, child support for a 50/50 parenting plan will be less than the support paid if the parenting plan is 70/30. In all cases, we attempt to resolve the custody issues before the support issues, as it is hard to calculate child support without knowing the parenting plan.
#4 – Child support ends when all children reach the age of majority. In California, this is when a child turns 18 and has graduated from high school. If the child graduates from high school at age 17, child support will be paid until the child is at age 18. If the child is in high school and turns 18, then child support continues to be paid until the date of graduation.
#5 – Child support can be modified if there is a change in the financial circumstances or a change in the parenting time arrangements. If a child becomes emancipated or gets married while they are still a minor, child support would also end. The court always retains jurisdiction over child support up until the time the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates high school.
#6 – In some cases, child support services will provide enforcement for child support, or they will handle the issue of child support in the case entirely.
#7 – There can be significant penalties for the failure to pay child support, such as losing professional licenses, your driver’s license or passport. The interest for unpaid child support is also substantial. It is important to seek amended orders if there is a loss of income by the supporting parent.
If you have any questions regarding child support, please do not hesitate to shoot us an email or give us a call.