Spousal and Child Support Issues in California
In California, child support is determined by mandatory guideline. While there are some commonly understood ground rules, spousal support is not defined in the same way.
Guideline support is the norm -- and it's legally enforceable. But, the two of you can come to your own arrangements. This is called a Parenting Agreement.
There are Tax Consequences in relationship to support. Find out more here.
You will be required to pay for Health Insurance for your children if it is available to you.
How long will you have to pay child support? The answer depends, but is generally until the child turns 19 or graduates from high school as this article explains.
If you can't get your ex to pay, this article explains Enforcement options. More enforcement options are found here. One such option is Contempt.
If at any time you need to modify child support orders make sure you do it legally, or it could come back to haunt you.
As you read the articles on this web site, you may have questions about how to apply the information to your case. If you have questions, use the "Ask Julian Anything" form to contact me and I'll try to get a quick response to you.