If you are involved in a Sacramento child support case, and you have been awarded child support, you should be mindful of a few things.  First, child support is designed to make sure the children receive adequate financial provision for their daily needs.  Second, child support is only payable until the children are 18 and graduated from high school.  If they are 18 and still attending high school, then support ceases when the child reaches 19 years of age.

For the parent receiving Sacramento child support, this fixed duration of support must be accounted for in that parent’s financial plans for the future.  Financial planners recommend that the recipient parent should plan as though the money did not exist.  (See the linked article at the bottom of this post.)  This is wise planning because the paying parent could file a motion to successfully reduce child support.  Also, the children will become adults and child support will legally expire.  Sometimes, unfortunately, the paying parent will lose their job or neglect to pay the support.

In cases where the paying parent has seriously delayed in their payment of support, the recipient parent should seriously consider enforcing support orders through the court system.  If the delay is insignificant, having some of the support saved in a savings account can help bridge the gap.

California law affords a variety of protections for parents who count on child support to meet their financial needs. However, sometimes it is best to not count on child support when doing long-term financial planning.

If you are involved in a Sacramento child support case, we recommend you talk to our Sacramento child support attorneys to help you obtain or enforce your child support order.  Call us today for your free half hour consultation.

For more information see: http://gazette.com/its-your-money-flexibility-is-key-with-child-support-and-alimony/article/1503527