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Child support can become overwhelming in California

Getting a divorce is a major life event that can no doubt be hard for parents and their children to come to terms with. The issue of child support can make this event even more complicated and thus stressful for the parties involved. However, an understanding of how courts handle child support may make this aspect of divorce easier to navigate in California.

Young children generally rely on the monetary support of their parents to meet their needs. In light of this, both the custodial parent and the non-custodial parent, following divorce, are responsible for ensuring that their children's financial needs are met. These needs include not only housing and food but also transportation, health care and entertainment.

The parent who does not have custody of the children must provide child support to the custodial parent to help with covering the above-mentioned needs. The child support amount is determined based on a number of factors, including what the children need to live and how much money the non-custodial parent makes. In addition, the judge will look at what the children's living standard would have been had the parents not gotten divorced. A judge's child support order could be changed later if the parent who is making payments experiences a substantial change in his or her circumstances, such as the loss of employment.

Child support continues to be a source of conflict between divorcing spouses for both financial and emotional reasons. Whereas the spouse who is making payments may be stressed out about having to pay an unreasonably high amount in support, the recipient spouse may be consumed with seeking adequate payments in a timely manner. In either situation, an attorney in California can help the client to confidently pursue his or her desired outcome, making sure that the client's rights are protected each step of the way.

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