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What have courts done to help with child support nonpayment?

Nonpayment of child support is one of the biggest hurdles that a lot of parents face. For those not getting payment, it can be impossible to make ends meet financially. For those not paying the proper amount, there are many looming ramifications, from a potential driver's license suspension to jail time.

To increase the amount of payments that do get made, courts and lawmakers have sometimes taken drastic steps. Some of these include:

  • Increasing a parent's assets to his or her children. If parents are given more visitation time and bond with their children, it can make them more likely to pay.
  • Reducing the amount that is owed. A person who lost a job may still want to pay, but, with the lower income, he or she needs a modification to make it realistic.
  • Forgiving back payments. Some people don't pay because they've fallen behind and they feel like they'll never get current anyway. Forgiving this debt or reducing the amount that is owed can convince them to pay.
  • Setting up parenting classes. Some parents do not feel like they really know how to be involved with their kids. The classes can give them ideas and instruction to raise the quality of that relationship. As these parents become more involved, they may also become more likely to pay on time.

Can you prevent a divorce on the first date?

When should you think about divorce? Is it when your marriage has been on the rocks for a year or longer? Should you start thinking about it after only a couple months of trouble? Attorneys have actually long advocated "divorce planning" in the form of prenuptial agreements before a couple ever takes their vows.

Some attorneys say that you might want to think about the possibility of divorce at the start of a relationship. Here are some questions that could tell you if a first date is potential mate material -- or a divorce that's waiting to happen:

Spousal Support Changes under the New Tax Law

The "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" was signed into law on December 22, 2017. Along with the changes widely reported in the media, the new law changed a few significant income tax credits and deductions that affect divorcing or divorced couples and parents of minor children. One of the major impacts relates to spousal support.

Landmark custody case asks Supreme Court to rule again

It's been three years since the Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage rights. Now, the court is being asked to consider the rights of same-sex parents to custody -- or the lack thereof.

Attorneys for the biological mother of a child conceived and born to a legally married same-sex couple have asked the top justices to hear arguments as to why the mother's former spouse shouldn't be allowed shared custody.

Same-sex couples should consider a marital agreement

A lot of same-sex couples who had been together for a long time celebrated the Supreme Court's declaration that gay marriage was legal by doing what a lot of other couples in love have done. They eloped.

While they probably didn't sneak out of their parents' houses in order to do it, many did marry suddenly without a big ceremony. They may have done so without a lot of thought about what it meant for their future finances in the event of either death or divorce.

When divorce is on the horizon: Think like a single person

Getting a divorce is a lot more complicated than just deciding that your marriage is truly over.

You have to start thinking like a single person again. Depending on how long you've been in your relationship, that can be hard to do -- but it's absolutely necessary.

The 'gig' economy makes it harder to collect child support

More and more people are working as independent contractors -- or significantly supplementing their income through what is becoming known as the "gig" economy.

People take all sorts of jobs online and off -- tutoring students for the SATs, giving music lessons, driving for Uber or Lyft, or renting their spare rooms out through Airbnb. Others pick up side income by hiring themselves out as common laborers -- housekeepers, yard work, dog watching and other personal services that help the 9-to-5 workers maintain their households.

How do you keep your divorce from hurting your career?

Divorce can be a messy, expensive process.

The last thing, however, that you want to let your divorce cost you is your job. Unfortunately, that's a real possibility when you can't find a way to draw a division between your personal and professional lives.

Protective orders and child abandonment allegations

California has a very broad definition of domestic violence -- and victims' advocates say that it's necessary in order to protect victims from subtle forms of abuse like harassment or stalking.

Unfortunately, that also makes the law easy to abuse when someone who isn't a victim wants to cut his or her child's other parent out of his or her life -- and out of the child's life as well.

Why is shared custody better for children of divorce?

The old model of custody looked pretty familiar to just about everyone. The mother often had primary physical custody of the kids and the father saw his offspring every other weekend and occasional holidays.

The new model of custody tries to divide parenting time straight down the middle between the parents -- as much as possible, anyhow (unless, naturally, one of the parents is unfit to be in that role for some reason).

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What have courts done to help with child support nonpayment?

Nonpayment of child support is one of the biggest hurdles that a lot of parents face. For those not getting payment, it can be impossible to make ends meet financially. For those not paying the proper amount, there are many looming ramifications, from a potential driver's license suspension to jail time.

To increase the amount of payments that do get made, courts and lawmakers have sometimes taken drastic steps. Some of these include:

  • Increasing a parent's assets to his or her children. If parents are given more visitation time and bond with their children, it can make them more likely to pay.
  • Reducing the amount that is owed. A person who lost a job may still want to pay, but, with the lower income, he or she needs a modification to make it realistic.
  • Forgiving back payments. Some people don't pay because they've fallen behind and they feel like they'll never get current anyway. Forgiving this debt or reducing the amount that is owed can convince them to pay.
  • Setting up parenting classes. Some parents do not feel like they really know how to be involved with their kids. The classes can give them ideas and instruction to raise the quality of that relationship. As these parents become more involved, they may also become more likely to pay on time.

Can you prevent a divorce on the first date?

When should you think about divorce? Is it when your marriage has been on the rocks for a year or longer? Should you start thinking about it after only a couple months of trouble? Attorneys have actually long advocated "divorce planning" in the form of prenuptial agreements before a couple ever takes their vows.

Some attorneys say that you might want to think about the possibility of divorce at the start of a relationship. Here are some questions that could tell you if a first date is potential mate material -- or a divorce that's waiting to happen:

Spousal Support Changes under the New Tax Law

The "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" was signed into law on December 22, 2017. Along with the changes widely reported in the media, the new law changed a few significant income tax credits and deductions that affect divorcing or divorced couples and parents of minor children. One of the major impacts relates to spousal support.

Landmark custody case asks Supreme Court to rule again

It's been three years since the Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage rights. Now, the court is being asked to consider the rights of same-sex parents to custody -- or the lack thereof.

Attorneys for the biological mother of a child conceived and born to a legally married same-sex couple have asked the top justices to hear arguments as to why the mother's former spouse shouldn't be allowed shared custody.

Same-sex couples should consider a marital agreement

A lot of same-sex couples who had been together for a long time celebrated the Supreme Court's declaration that gay marriage was legal by doing what a lot of other couples in love have done. They eloped.

While they probably didn't sneak out of their parents' houses in order to do it, many did marry suddenly without a big ceremony. They may have done so without a lot of thought about what it meant for their future finances in the event of either death or divorce.

When divorce is on the horizon: Think like a single person

Getting a divorce is a lot more complicated than just deciding that your marriage is truly over.

You have to start thinking like a single person again. Depending on how long you've been in your relationship, that can be hard to do -- but it's absolutely necessary.

The 'gig' economy makes it harder to collect child support

More and more people are working as independent contractors -- or significantly supplementing their income through what is becoming known as the "gig" economy.

People take all sorts of jobs online and off -- tutoring students for the SATs, giving music lessons, driving for Uber or Lyft, or renting their spare rooms out through Airbnb. Others pick up side income by hiring themselves out as common laborers -- housekeepers, yard work, dog watching and other personal services that help the 9-to-5 workers maintain their households.

How do you keep your divorce from hurting your career?

Divorce can be a messy, expensive process.

The last thing, however, that you want to let your divorce cost you is your job. Unfortunately, that's a real possibility when you can't find a way to draw a division between your personal and professional lives.

Protective orders and child abandonment allegations

California has a very broad definition of domestic violence -- and victims' advocates say that it's necessary in order to protect victims from subtle forms of abuse like harassment or stalking.

Unfortunately, that also makes the law easy to abuse when someone who isn't a victim wants to cut his or her child's other parent out of his or her life -- and out of the child's life as well.

Why is shared custody better for children of divorce?

The old model of custody looked pretty familiar to just about everyone. The mother often had primary physical custody of the kids and the father saw his offspring every other weekend and occasional holidays.

The new model of custody tries to divide parenting time straight down the middle between the parents -- as much as possible, anyhow (unless, naturally, one of the parents is unfit to be in that role for some reason).

Email Us For A Response

Arrange A Personal Consultation And Get The Answers You Need

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you personally to discuss your situation and answer any questions you may have. Please call our family law attorneys at 925-344-3524 or contact us online to arrange a consultation.

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Offices Conveniently located in Livermore & Walnut Creek

Livermore Office
1840 4th Street, Suite 200
Livermore, CA 94550

Phone: 925-344-3524
Fax: 925-447-0272
Map & Directions

Walnut Creek Office
1990 N. California Blvd., Suite 600
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Phone: 925-344-3524
Fax: 925-447-0272
Map & Directions