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Child support 101: Understand the basics of these payments

Child support orders are the cornerstone of the financial agreement with your ex to provide support for your children. You have to make sure that you have thought about the terms of this order and understand what it all means.

What are the penalties for late child support payments?

California takes child support payment enforcement seriously. The state requires parents to pay their court-ordered child support obligations on time, every time. Failure to do so can result in very serious criminal, financial and other consequences.

Plan your child custody agreement carefully

Your child custody agreement is what is going to govern the relationship that you and your ex have after the divorce. This is something that must be planned carefully. In most cases, it is best for you and your ex to work together to come up with the terms of the agreement. This might not be easy, but it is usually the ideal way to handle the situation.

Child support payments serve many purposes

Child support payments aren't often viewed as a privilege unless you have the best approach possible to having to support your child. Instead, many parents view this as an obligation. Some parents even view these payments as money that they are paying to the other parent instead of realizing that the money is being use to support your offspring.

Many factors impact spousal support

There are some divorces that include one party asking that the other party pay alimony. This isn't something that is done automatically. If you think that you are due spousal support or if your ex is asking for this monetary support, you might have some questions about what factors determine alimony eligibility.

Woman's child support payments don't go to her children

Child support payments are meant to support a child, or that is what you would think when you hear the term. This isn't the case in all instances. One woman's story is providing an interesting look into what might actually go on with child support payments.

Know what your prenuptial agreement says about support

Financial support after a marriage ends is a huge factor in many divorces. We recently discussed some of the things that child support is supposed to cover. This is only one of the possible things that you will have to think about.

Know the laws regarding financial support in a divorce

We recently discussed how it is important to think about your financial future when you are going through a divorce. There are two types of support that might be beneficial to consider when your marriage is ending -- alimony and child support.

Understand how uninsured medical expenses are handled

Child support payments are meant to help financially support a child; however, these payments aren't intended as a catch-all so that the paying parent never has to spend another dime on the child. Many child support orders touch on what must happen if the child needs medical care.

Child support matters must take the child's needs into account

We recently discussed some points related to child custody. Another aspect of these cases that you have to think about is how the child will be supported financially. Child support payments are important in these cases because children have needs that only money can take care of. We know that child support is a difficult topic for some parents because they might not want people involved in their finances.

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