DNA testing has a good track record of identifying the father of a child. With an accuracy rate of almost 100 percent, California courts recognize the results as valid when making rulings about child support, visitation and custody. In cases in which a man questions his role as the father of a child, especially if the woman wants him to pay child support, a family court might order a DNA test.
California parents who have minor children and who are ending their marriage might wonder if there is an alternative to going to court and having a judge make a decision about child support. There are a number of ways that parents may be able to make this decision instead. One option is for them to negotiate informally, with or without the help of their respective lawyers.
Custodial parents in California might wonder how child support is collected and distributed in the state. Like other states, California has a central child support unit that is responsible for collecting and distributing child support for certain types of cases.
A California parent who receives child support might wonder what will happen if the noncustodial parent becomes disabled. If this occurs, the noncustodial parent might suffer a loss of income and become unable to maintain the level of the previous child support payments. That parent should go to court and ask for a modification of the order. However, a number of other factors may come into play.
The Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act is a 1998 federal law designed to assist parents in collecting child support when the other parent has left the state in order to avoid complying with the court order. A parent in California could file in any federal court to pursue the other parent as long as some other conditions are also in place.
California parents should know that according to a new study, non-custodial fathers who are delinquent in child support tend to spend less time with their children. Overall, they also work less and are more likely to have kids with more than one partner.
Divorced California parents often rely on child support payments to help make ends meet. While most noncustodial parents do their best to make their child support payments on time, there are some who attempt to avoid their obligations. In some cases, they may believe that they will not have to pay once the child turns 18.
While most inmates in California prisons have their child support obligations suspended when they are incarcerated for a certain amount of time, this is not the case in many other states. However, new regulations issued by the Obama administration will require all states to allow inmates to request a modification of support as well as letting both parents know that this is an option if the incarceration is for more than six months.
Many California parents receive or seek child support from a former spouse. Child support is both a necessary and a legal requirement for any parent. This includes not only divorced parents but also absent parents who may never have been married. The federal Child Support Enforcement Program made it clear that the government expects all parents to provide financial support to child regardless of marital status or other factors.
Football fans in California may have heard that Robert Meachem, a former wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, has been ordered by a Louisiana judge to pay back child support and alimony to his former wife. Meacham played for the Saints when the team won the Super Bowl in 2010. He last played in 2014, the year he separated from his wife.