Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Basics of Child Support

Child support is a payment system that has been deemed necessary by public policy. The system has been put in place in order to see to it that parents continue to be responsible for the children that they created, whether or not they continue to be involved in the life of the child or the life of the child's other parent. Public policy demands that children be cared for by their parents, and one of the ways our society has ensured this continued care is through child support payments. Despite the public policy benefits behind child support payments, it can still be a difficult area of the law to understand and to navigate. It is best to seek the help of a child support attorney in San Jose to help sort through the complications.

Child support consists of an ongoing payment made by one parent for the continued financial benefit of their child. The support payments are made after the dissolution of a marriage or other parental relationship. Though sometimes there has been no relationship between the parents. The child support is paid at specified intervals to ensure that the children have the money necessary for their upkeep and support. These payments are given either directly or indirectly to a obligee for the care and support of the child. The obligee is usually a custodial parent, a caregiver, a guardian, or the state.

Child supports payments are often arranged as part of a divorce, a martial separation, a dissolution of marriage, an annulment, a determination of parental relationship, or a dissolution of a civil union. During the course of a dissolution of a marital relationship the court will determine which parent will receive primary custody of the children that were the product of that martial relationship. The parent who receives primary custody will also receive child support payments to help them with the care and maintenance of the children. A child support attorney in San Jose will have the experience necessary to determine how much child support should be exchanged or not exchanged as part of the process for dissolving the marital relationship.

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