A break up or a divorce is hard enough; when there are children involved it can be even more difficult. Parents must make decisions about where the child will live, with whom, and when the child will see the other parent. The question of child support is usually also a concern.
In California, if you have a child, you are legally obligated to financially support your child until he or she graduates from high school or turns 19. When parents separate, one parent will likely have to pay child support. This is generally the non-custodial parent, but it depends on the income of both parents and also how much time the child spends with each parent. The family court or the Department of Child Support Services will use a statewide formula to calculate child support, and that amount must be paid to the other parent each month. If you do not pay, your wages could be garnished or your driver’s license could be suspended.
Please contact our office for a consultation to discuss your rights and obligations regarding child support at 510.464.8083.