What Does California Family Code Say About Child Support?

In California, it is fairly easy to get a divorce. It becomes a bit harder and more fraught with emotion when children are involved. Sometimes, children are used to get back at the spouse that wants the divorce. The courts in California take this very seriously and always go for what is best for the children.

Either parent can have custody. It doesn’t matter if you are the mother or the father, if your attorney makes a good case for you getting full custody, you will likely end up getting child support too. The judge has the right to determine which one of you will receive child support. Are you looking forward to joint custody? This may be possible for you and your spouse if you are willing to work together.

There is a way to combine both child support and spousal support. If the two of you come to an understanding about this before your divorce hearing is held, many times, the judge will not designate what is child support and what is spousal support. If you want a more amicable divorce, this may be the way to go. It doesn’t always work, but recently, the idea of a friendly divorce has been in the media and on the news.

If you have an adult child, one who is over the age of 18, and this child has need of continuing child support, you may be able to get support for this individual, as long as it doesn’t break any California codes or laws. Continuing support can be because the child is in school, either high school or college, has a disability or is chronically sick.

This comes from the California Family Code. Research empowers you and the code is an in-depth way to see what the law says about divorce and child support, among other topics.

Source: California Family Code, “Child support,” accessed Oct. 03, 2015

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