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California Child Support Laws, Golden State

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Both parents have a legal duty to provide financial support for their
children. In California, as in most other states, the court may order
either or both parents to make regular child support payments that cover
a child's living and medical expenses.


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<B>California Child Support Laws</B>
Both parents have a legal duty to provide financial support for their
children. In California, as in most other states, the court may order
either or both parents to make regular child support payments that cover
a child's living and medical expenses.
California’s child support agency is administered through the Department
of Child Support Services. This agency can help both custodial and non-
custodial parents with a number of child support related services such as
establishing paternity, locating a non-custodial parent, establishing,
enforcing, and modifying child support orders, and collecting and
distributing child support payments.


<B>Establishing Paternity for California child support laws</B>
Your child’s paternity must be established before child support can be
ordered. Establishing legal paternity gives your child many rights,
including child support, access to medical records, government benefits
and more.
There are several methods you can use to establish the paternity of your
child. The simplest method for establishing paternity is to complete a
Paternity Opportunity Program Declaration. This form must be filled out
and signed by both parents to establish paternity without going to court.
If necessary, California’s child support agency can assist you in
establishing the paternity of your child by helping you get free or low-
cost genetic testing when the child’s father is in question.
If the child’s father lives in another state, California’s child support
agency can work with the other state’s agencies to obtain genetic
testing, establish a child support order and enforce child support
payments.


<B>Paying California child   support laws</B>
Once a child support order   has been established, the non-custodial parent
will generally be required   to continue making payments until the minor
child emancipates or until   otherwise noted in the child support order.
Under California law, a parent's obligation to pay support continues
until the child becomes eighteen years of age. Under certain
circumstances (if the child is unmarried and attending high school full
time), the current support obligation may continue until the child is
nineteen.


<B>Modifying California child support laws</B>
In order to modify a child support order, you must contact your local
child support agency to request a modification of the child support order
and then cooperate in the review process by providing the requested
financial and visitation information.

You can also request the modification of a child support order by filing
a motion directly with the court. Contact the Family Law Facilitator's
office in your county of residence for help in filing the motion. See
below for a complete list of Family Law Facilitators.

				
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