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Why might a California parent seek a child support modification?

As parents in Los Angeles move on from their divorce, in general, one parent will pay child support to the other parent. However, life has a way of throwing twists and turns in one's direction. Sometimes a parent's circumstances change so drastically that they feel the current child support order is no longer appropriate. In this situation, parents may pursue a modification of the child support order.

Will an incarcerated parent be responsible for child support?

It is unfortunate that sometimes a noncustodial parent in California will do something illegal. While some crimes are penalized by perhaps no more than a slap on the wrist, other times a person will face years in prison for a crime they committed. This has implications on the child support the incarcerated noncustodial parent is responsible for.

How can one legally stop paying spousal support in California?

A person might spend years paying spousal support to his or her ex after a divorce. It can be a connection to a failed marriage that they may not be happy with, but one must follow the court order in the divorce decree. While sometimes a person in California wishes to modify a spousal support order, and may be able to do so, there may come a time in which the person wants to end the spousal support order permanently.

A child support modification may not always go as expected

Child support can be a sticking point for many parents in California who are no longer in a relationship with one another. Of course, parents want to give their child the best upbringing they can. However, some parents may feel like they pay too much in child support. They may feel it is simply more than they can afford, or they may not approve of how their ex is spending the money. Conversely, some parents may feel like they do not receive enough in child support. They may feel that they are struggling financially to raise their child or they may feel like their ex earns enough to warrant higher payments.

Seeking a spousal support modification when life changes

Sometimes while married, one spouse earns significantly more than the other. In some cases, one spouse stays out of the workforce entirely to support their partner and children at home. This dynamic may work out well for many years, but not every marriage is meant to last. When partners in California divorce and go their separate ways, the lesser-earning spouse may be at a disadvantage.

Do not put off seeking a child support modification in California

Many parents in California dutifully pay their child support obligations in full and on time, month after month. However, no one can tell what the future will bring, particularly when it comes to finances. For example, a person could see their hours at work reduced, they may lose their job altogether or there may be a change in how much time they spend with their child. Any of these situations could seriously affect a parent's financial situation, making it difficult for them to pay child support, as their order currently stands.

What is the general process for modifying child support?

It goes without saying that it costs money to raise a child. When parents in California are married or are unmarried but in a relationship with each other, both contribute to the care of the child. And, if their relationship with each other doesn't last, both parents are still obligated to meet their child's financial needs, so their child can grow up in a healthy, supportive and nurturing environment. To this end, when parents in California divorce or break-up, the court will issue a child support order, in which the noncustodial parent will pay a certain amount of money each month to the custodial parent.

How should one approach changing a holiday child custody plan?

Starting with Thanksgiving until we ring in the New Year, the holidays can be a magical time in California, especially for children. In between the feasting, gift-giving and celebrations that occur between now and the New Year, it is a busy time of year, one that is rooted in tradition. However, that tradition could get disrupted if a child's parents divorce.

Dealing with the unexpected after a divorce

No one can predict what the future will bring. After all, most newlyweds in Los Angeles do not anticipate divorcing, but it does happen from time to time that some couples simply find that even after years of marriage, they are no longer compatible and are better off going their separate ways.

Don't put off seeking a spousal support modification

When a couple in California divorces, oftentimes one spouse will be ordered to pay spousal support to the other. However, as time marches on, each spouse's life circumstances will change. When it comes to the paying spouse, it is possible that they may lose their job. Or, they may incur a significant expense, such as a hospital bill or car repair. Any of these situations could make it difficult, if not impossible, for the paying spouse to meet their spousal support obligations.

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