What Is A Child Support Judgment?
It is important that the noncustodial parent answer any notice or letter that he/she receives from the District Attorney`s office, or any office, regarding paternity or child support matters. Failure to respond could result in several legal and financial consequences.
If the order states an amount of support that the noncustodial parent must pay each month, then that amount must be paid every month beginning on the date ordered. The court can estimate how much a noncustodial parent would earn and base the ordered amount of support to be paid each month on that estimate. Income estimated this way is called imputed income. The amount can be changed later based on the noncustodial parent`s actual income. An amount of child support owed but not paid is called an arrearage. Child support arrearages are charged interest at a rate specified in the law. Interest is automatically added to the arrearage and the total amount of child support owed can grow quickly.
It is important for the noncustodial parent who has been laid off his/her job or who has taken a cut in pay to immediately inform the FSD or local child support agency and request a review for modifying the support award to a lower amount. If the FSD or local child support agency cannot file papers to modify the support order quickly, the noncustodial parent can file his/her own papers. A family law facilitator at the local court may be able to help you.
If the noncustodial parent and the FSD or local child support agency are able to reach an agreement regarding support and requests made in the papers served, the noncustodial parent may handle the matter by signing an agreement called a stipulation. By signing a stipulation, the noncustodial parent is agreeing:
- That he/she is the parent of the child(ren);
- That he/she is obligated to pay the amount of child support and provide the health insurance stated in the stipulation; and
- That the court may enter an order or judgment based on the stipulation without further notice.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
Additional Child Support Articles
- California Child Support Laws
- What Are The Child Support Guidelines in California?
- Collecting Child Support Across State Lines
- The Child Support Enforcement Program
- The Child Support Process in California
- How The Local Child Support Office Can Help You
- The Fsd Or Local Child Support Agency Provides The Following Services:
- The Fsd Or Local Child Support Agency Does Not:
- Opening A Child Support Case
- What Happens When A Custodial Parent Assigns His/Her Right To Support?
- Discontinuing Child Support Services
- How is Child Support Is Distributed In Calworks Cases?
- Receiving Credit For In-Kind Child Support Payments
- The Non-Custodial Parent And The Child Support Process
- What To do When An Action For Child Support Is Served Upon You
- Wage Assignments And Deductions For Health Insurance From Child Support Obligations
- Modification Of Child Support Orders
- Failure To Pay Child Support
- I Am Sure The Other Parent Is Willing To Pay Support. Can We Make An Agreement Between Ourselves And Present It To The Court?
- What The Fsd Or Local Child Support Agency Needs To Establish Paternity When The Alleged Father Does Not Cooperate
- The Other Parent Is In Jail. Can I Get Support?
- How Child Support Is Enforced
- Keeping Track Of Payments
- I Have A California Support Order. The Non-Custodial Parent Now Lives In Another State. I Know He/She Has Land And Other Assets. Can I Get Help?