That responsibility terminates when the child turns 18, the child dies, or the child becomes emancipated from the parents.
As stated above, in our child support articles we will show you how each parent is equally responsible for providing for the financial needs of his or her child. But the court cannot enforce this obligation until it makes an order for support. When parents separate, a parent must ask the court to make an order establishing parentage (paternity) and also ask the court to make an order for child support.
Child support payments are usually made until children turn 18 (or 19 if they are still in high school full time, living at home, and cannot support themselves).
Child Support Articles:
A comprehensive guide to child support in California.
How much is child support? That is one of the most common questions I hear from new clients. The laws regarding child support are complicated and require some understanding…Read More.
What is the process for getting child support?
To get child support in Orange County, you have two choices: either get an order directly from the court or go through a local child support agency…Read More.
When can I start receiving temporary child support?
Temporary support is paid for the support of a child while your divorce is pending, and continues until your final decree of divorce is entered by the court. It is based on…Read More.
Will my spouse have to pay part of their bonus or commission as child support?
Many people today are paid either a bonus or commission or some type of fluctuating, periodic income.In many cases, it could be a real estate agent…Read More.
What is Considered Income for Child Support in California?
Are you a parent of children and are separating or divorcing from your spouse? If you are, you must determine whether you will be paying or receiving child support…Read More.
What are the guidelines?
Can I challenge the child support calculation?
Can child support be set higher or lower than the guideline amount?
Many times, parents may feel that the child support guideline amount is either too high or too low and they should be able to deviate…Read More.
What is the FL-150 Income and Expense Declaration?
Many spouses mistakenly believe that they can be less than honest when filling out their form FL-150, also known as the Income and Expense Declaration….Read More.
Can the noncustodial parent claim the child as a dependent to maximize child support?
We have witnessed many situations where the noncustodial parent claims child on taxes. Can you do that? Is it a good idea? And how do I do that if we want to? Read More…
What if I have a very high income?
Are there other expenses I may be held for?
What if my income fluctuates?
Will my child be covered by health insurance?