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Child support in California

Many Americans might assume that all states hold identical child custody laws, but there is a surprising amount of legal difference from one state to another. California is one of many states that have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, a Uniform Act intended to discourage child kidnapping by non-custodial parents. The state also holds other regulations involving divorce and children, and many parents experience confusion due to legal complexities. 

The Judicial Branch of California provides information on child custody and parenting time. According to the Judicial Branch, parents seeking joint legal custody each have the right to make decisions for the child alone. When it comes to the exact amount of time a child spends with each parent, courts consider the child's age, necessary routine and general interests. Deciding specifics regarding child support, however, is another matter. In California, every county offers a family law facilitator, who can assist parents with the following:

  • Required forms
  • Court procedures 
  • Details involving the court's child support decisions
  • Calculating child support 

The Judicial Branch also supplies information regarding various child support responsibilties, medical support and other types of child support expenses. 

The California Department of Child Support Services also lists information for parents going through a divorce. To further flesh out the court's role in child support procedures, the department reveals that, in most cases, the Court Commissioner or Family Law Judge has the final authority for deciding the amount of child support each parent must pay, as well as who will be responsible for making such payments. Local child support agencies (or LCSA) may decrease or increase the amount of child support. The LCSA may also issue a Summons and Complaint form to any parent who fails to make child support payments.      






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