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What can child support be used for?

When parents in California and elsewhere decide to end their marriage, it is clear to them that their relationship with their child and the dynamic of that relationship will be impacted. While child custody is an important factor to establish during dissolution, it is also imperative that parents take the time to ensure the financial wellbeing of a child. Because of that, some divorcing parents request child support payments.

Enforcing child support in California

Divorcing with children is anything but easy. This is not only a major life-changing event for the parents, but it is likely to alter the entire life dynamics of the children as well. Because a child is used to living in a single home with both parents, the transition to living in two home could take much time to get used to. In addition to establishing where and when a child will be with each parent, divorcing parents need to also address any financial concern regarding their child or children. This means developing a child support agreement.

Fault does not have to play a role in a California divorce

For earlier generations, divorce was considered a taboo subject and did not occur with the frequency that it now happens in California courts. As times have changed so too have many American divorce laws, and whereas once individuals who wanted divorces had to allege fault against their spouses, now many jurisdictions have done away with that requirement and allow marriages to end without evidence of serious misconduct or harm.

Navigating a divorce with or without a premarital document

Much like a tremendous amount of thought goes into getting married, thoughtful and careful consideration goes into ending a marriage. While no couple in California or elsewhere gets married with the intention of getting divorced, the reality is that roughly half of all marriages end in divorce. Because of that, getting married also means considering the possibility of divorce.


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