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Understanding the process of determining child support payments

When parents in California make the decision to take separate paths in life, there may be a variety of topics to address concerning the future of their kids. In addition to reaching an acceptable child custody agreement, parents who are parting ways may also enter negotiations concerning child support payments. While this could be an intimidating topic to discuss, gaining an understanding of certain aspects of the process could help reduce the stress of the situation.

The first topic a parent may wish to address could pertain to how child support payments are determined. In situations where one parent becomes the primary caretaker of the children, the noncustodial parent might be required to provide financial support to his or her children based on a variety of factors, such as the income of both parents and the previous standard of living of the kids. However, even in situations where custody is shared, one parent may still be required to pay child support.

Another factor to consider is the period of time over which a parent will make child support payments. In many cases, this obligation may end once the child is no longer considered a minor. However, certain scenarios may alter this time period, such as those pertaining to children with special needs or circumstances involving adoption.

Parents in California may generally wish to provide their kids with financial support as they age. However, they may still wish to gain a full understanding of how child support payments are determined so they can make informed decisions. When facing a similar circumstance, a parent could speak with a family law attorney for guidance in covering every aspect of the process and assistance in pursuing an agreement that is in keeping with the best interests of his or her kids.

Source: verywellfamily.com, "What Dad's Need to Know About Child Support", Wayne Parker, Accessed on May 21, 2018

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