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State with massive child support arrears looks to reform laws

There are few issues that provoke stronger emotions between separated parents than deciding who will be the primary caregiver and who will pay support. In spite of a growing trend for courts to order shared parenting and expenses, many states still rely on outdated formulas for calculating child support payments and primary custody. California parents who are having difficulty in either paying support or receiving it can seek assistance through the family court system.

Grandparents caring for children may need child support help

According to a 2015 census, an estimated 430,000 children were taken from their homes due to parental substance abuse issues. Statistics show that nearly 11 percent of children live in a home headed by grandparents or extended family. There are countless California grandparents who find themselves raising their grandchildren with limited means who may be in need or resources -- including child support.

While vital, child support may take back seat to shared custody

Ever since divorce became an option for unhappy parents, the courts seem to have lagged behind in one important aspect. While many parents may consider child support to be the biggest concern when it comes to parenting decisions, changing how the family courts determine custody has been taking priority. While California has yet to update its policy on shared custody, many states are leaning that way.

Program offers assistance to parents behind in child support

The vast majority of parents will do anything to ensure that their children have all that they need to be successful in life. However, there are times when a non-custodial parent struggles to keep up with their obligations, such as child support. While many states, including California, try to work with these parents to avoid harsh penalties, some parents will still find themselves serving time for their arrears.

Many factors go into child support and custody decisions

Deciding to divorce your spouse is only one part of the equation. If there are children involved, then the matter of child support and custody can quickly become confusing and overwhelming. California families do have options to turn to when you are concerned that you and your former spouse are unable to arrive at the best decisions.

Child support and custody issues can be volatile

When a relationship ends, couples may be able to arrive at a peaceable resolution in many aspects except one. Issues surrounding child support and custody will often lead to rising tensions which can sometimes escalate to volatile levels. There are likely countless California families who have had to wade through this difficult situation.

Fathers are much more than a child support check

Historically, when a two-parent family became a one-parent household, the courts often had a set approach when determining the roles of the parents. Traditionally, custody was awarded to the mother, though that's not necessarily the case any longer. Courts in California and elsewhere now recognize that a father's role is much more than providing a child support

According to court, child support is not only test of parenthood

A recent case came before a court that was seen as a test of what makes one a parent. Regardless of whether one is under orders to pay child support, the changes in the definition of family over the past decade has lead to some confusion over the roles of individuals in the lives of children. Since the United States Supreme Court has affirmed the rights of same-sex couples to marry, there may be families here in California who also have questions concerning the definition of parenthood.

New approach to collecting child support being tested

For those who have the means, paying court-ordered support is usually not a problem. However, for those parents who are struggling to make their child support payments, the heavy-handed approach often is not the most effective. California parents can seek assistance whenever there is a problem, ensuring that custodial parents are able to meet the needs of their children.

Employer faces court for allegedly not submitting child support

There may be many parents in California who trust that their employers are regularly submitting paycheck withholdings to the the proper agencies. For parents who have child support taken directly from their pay, they may not ever question whether these important payments are going to their children. However, as one recent case demonstrates -- though rare -- not every employer follows through on these orders.

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