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Child support: Working together for the good of the children

As a long-standing family law firm serving Livermore and Bay Area families, we have watched many parents struggle with child support issues. Most of the time, both parents want to do right by their children, but feelings of inequity or financial betrayal may muddy the waters. When this happens, the spirit of mutual cooperation crumbles, leaving parents bewildered and children hurt.

The 3 main options for child support payments

You cannot pay child support in California just by giving your ex cash and telling him or her that it's for a support payment. The law says that everyone in the state who is paying support actually needs to send it to the State Disbursement Unit first, and then it is sent out to those who are to receive it. This makes payments easier to track and verify.

It can be hard to get child support from other countries

Technically, a spouse who moves to another country is still supposed to pay child support. Legally, though, it can be very hard to get him or her to pay. The reason is that many countries do not have standing laws and agreements saying they'll help if a spouse flees over the border to avoid payments.

Why some people don't like paying child support

People tend not to like paying for anything, but child support seems like one of those things that would actually be easy to stomach. Even if the marriage fell apart, wouldn't the parent be happy to pay to help raise a child that he or she loved? After all, the parent anticipated paying at least that much when the couple was together, as raising a child is never free.

For child support, is income more than wages?

When you think of your income for the year, odds are you simply think of your wages, whether you're paid hourly, on contracts, or on a salary. While this is definitely your main source of income, it's important to note that there are far more things to consider when determining how much you make for the purposes of paying or receiving child support.

Phone apps can reduce conflict over child support

Conflicts over money are common after divorce in California, especially when it comes to child support. One of the issues that one woman noticed was that the little costs of everyday life are usually not part of the agreement, even though they can add up. For example, children who play sports may need to pay for jerseys, equipment, facility use and more. As parents know, there are many unpredictable costs that go along with raising a child.

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