This post concludes and recaps our series on the handling of child support issues in Orange County, California. We felt it necessary to write on this topic as few subjects cause as much disagreement as child support. One parent may feel they are paying too much, one may feel they are receiving too little, and non-payment often results in the parties going back to Court. The goal of our last several posts has been to provide information which will help you understand our state’s laws and which will assist you in choosing a child support lawyer.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues we have analyzed include:
- Calculating child support in Orange County, California
- The need to establish paternity in order to receive support
- How the Courts deal with those who do not pay support
- How parents should proceed if they are behind on support payments
There are several reasons why local parents should understand these issues. First, California has some of the country’s more complex methods when it comes to calculating support. Understanding these methods can help a parent to realistically plan for the future. Second, many do not realize that a father does not have rights or obligations until paternity has been established. In other words, a dad is not obligated to pay support until parentage is clear. Third, failing to pay Court ordered support will result in additional financial penalties. It can also result in consequences such as jail time, the suspension of your driver’s license, and more. Finally, if you are falling behind on your support payments then it is crucial that you deal with the situation immediately. Ignoring the problem will typically lead to harsher consequences as time goes on.
One point we have stressed through each of these articles is that you should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you find yourself in a dispute. Many parents allow financial disagreements to escalate into arguments that take place in front of the child. This is not in the best interests of the child and, regardless of which side of the issue you are on, will result in the Judge not viewing your response with a kind eye. Our Orange County attorneys have extensive experience in handling child support matters and are ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. Our Laguna Hills office also serves Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.