What are Arrears?

Child support attorneys often refer to past due or back child support as arrears. California DCSS defines arrearages as “The unpaid child support payments for past periods owed by a parent who is obligated to pay by court order. The arrears or arrearage or arrearages include interest and are adjusted for the amount of any partial satisfaction of the judgment.” When a parent misses a court-ordered child support payment, they…

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When Does Child Support Begin After a Divorce?

Child support is a monthly payment that one parent provides the other parent to aid in the cost of rearing a child. When parents legally separate or divorce, a parent’s child support obligation begins on the date ordered by the court. This date relies heavily on the parents’ ability to cooperate, exchange information, and facilitate the process, as well as the necessity for judicial involvement. The Divorce Filing and Request…

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Do Sperm Donors Pay Child Support?

If you or your loved one are discussing sperm donation, you may be wondering about the rights and responsibilities associated with being a sperm donor. One responsibility of parenthood in California is child support. Does this apply to sperm donation? If so, in what situations? Privately Arranged Sperm Donation There are numerous circumstances under which men donate their sperm. They may do so through a clinical setting, or a non-clinical…

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Child Support Arrears

An arrear is a legal term that means someone is behind on an outstanding debt or liability. This term can apply to many different types of law. In family law, it is often used in the context of child support when one parent is behind on a payment that they owe the other. What are child support arrears? Child support is the amount of money that one parent has to…

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I Got Hurt in a Car Accident and Can’t Pay Child Support – What Should I Do?

Supporting your children is your obligation as a parent. When you’re divorced, you might be ordered to pay child support. If you get into an accident, that might affect your ability to satisfy your child support obligations. What should you do if you can’t pay child support because you were injured in a car accident? Negotiate with Your Child’s Other Parent If you have a good relationship with your child’s…

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Tyrese Gibson Asks Court to Limit Child Support Expenses

When parents get divorced, one often has the obligation of paying child support. This responsibility typically falls to the parent who either (a) spends less time with the child or (b) earns more money. When actor Tyrese Gibson divorced his ex-wife, he was ordered to pay child support for their daughter. This money is intended to benefit their daughter’s health, wellbeing, and education. Many child support agreements, including Gibson’s, include…

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How Does Incarceration Affect a Parent’s Child Support Obligations?

It’s not uncommon for a child to experience parental incarceration at some point in their young lives. Parental incarceration simply means that one or more of the child’s parents is behind bars for a period of time. Having a parent in jail can significantly alter a family’s dynamic. Not only is a child’s parent not around, but the family’s financial stability can be jeopardized. This is true even if parents…

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How Are Health Insurance Costs Factored Into Child Support?

When parents get divorced in California, it is often the children who suffer the consequences. In order to make the transition into their new life easier, California courts will refuse to sign off on a divorce until certain matters are taken care of. Child custody and child support are two of the most important issues in a divorce. Custody refers to where children spend their time. Support, on the other…

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