Pakpour Family Law provides legal services to individuals involved in Child Support cases.
Every child deserves to be financially supported by both of their parents. Under California Family Code section 4053, a parent’s first and principal obligation is to support his or her minor children according to the parent’s circumstances and station in life. Both parents are mutually responsible for the support of their children.
Both federal and state law mandates the court to enforce what are known as “guideline” child support calculations. The principle measurements applied through the guideline include the incomes of both parents, as well as the percentage of time each parent is responsible for the child. Other factors may also play a role, however, those are the primary ones.
Because so many unsupported children ultimately end up collecting aid from the state and federal governments, each county in California offers a service through which those who have custody of a child can obtain a child support judgment against the other parent for a nominal fee, enforce that judgment, or both.
In isolation, the various county Departments of Child Support Services are far more powerful when it comes to enforcing child support orders because they have access to accounts and punishments that lawyers and the courts typically do not.
Obtaining that child support order, however, can take more time when you do so through the state. The Department does not work on the rest of your case (child custody, divorce, etc.). Furthermore, the attorney for the Department does not represent your interests, but those of the government. To the extent those interests do not coincide, you should consult an attorney about your options.