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How child support delinquencies affect home loans

Some California non-custodial parents might wonder whether they can get approved for a home loan if they have fallen behind in child support. While this depends on several factors, including the type of loan, it is possible in some circumstances. The first step for people should be to check their credit report since it may not even be on there.

Handling money with an ex after divorce

Disputes about money can be one of the leading causes of divorce for couples in California and throughout the country. These problems, however, don't always end with separation. Divorces require that each party come to an agreement about issues like the division of assets, debt, retirement plans, and child support. By having civil, thorough conversations, divorced couples can usually come to amicable solutions to all types of financial obstacles.

Some facts about child support

In California child support cases, one of the early steps is to establish parentage. The non-custodial parent is responsible for making support payments to the person who is caring for the child. The person who receives support on behalf of the child may in various cases be the child's parent, legal custodian, guardian or the person the child lives with.

Understanding different types of child support cases

Divorced parents in California may be unaware of the varying types of child support cases that exist. The multiple types of cases can be confusing, especially as some individuals make direct payments to the custodial parent while others submit payments to the state in which the order was made. There are four main types of child support cases: IV-D, IV-A, IV-E and non-IV-D. These terms refer to Title IV of the 1975 Social Security Act, which addresses the grants made to states in order to provide aid and services to families with children in need.

Child support in joint custody arrangements

One of the arrangements that may be assigned when parents of minor children end their marriage is joint custody. In this type of arrangement, both parents share legal or physical custody, or both. California parents who are awarded joint custody of their children may have questions about the manner in which child support will be handled.

Options for addressing unpaid child support and job loss

A parent in California who either needs to collect child support or pay it could run into problems as the years go by. When child support goes unpaid, a parent could approach a state agency and request an enforcement action. On the other side of the coin, a parent experiencing financial difficulty, like unemployment, could take steps to limit falling behind on payments by petitioning a court to modify the amount of support owed.

Court rules Jesse Williams must pay more child support

California court documents have revealed that Jesse Williams, one of the stars of the popular television drama "Grey's Anatomy", must increase his child support payments to $50,629 every month. He has two young children, ages 2 and 4, and had been sending his ex-wife $33,242 a month until she petitioned a court for a higher sum.

When child support payer faces disability

Most California parents who are ordered to pay child support do what they can to make those payments on time for the sake of their children. However, there are instances when a parent may suddenly become disabled, preventing him or her from working and earning a regular income. While the noncustodial parent's obligation for providing child support will not suddenly cease, he or she may not be able to provide reliable child support.

Modifying a child support order may make it affordable

A parent who lives separately from his or her children may be ordered to pay child support. The money they pay could be used to cover their children's basic needs, extracurricular activities or anything else. Because this monthly payment is court-ordered, noncustodial parents are required to pay the full amount whether they can afford it or not. There is something California parents can do if they don't have enough money to pay child support.

How to act during a child support hearing

If parents in California or any other state get a divorce, it may result in one person paying child support to his or her ex. The amount of a given payment is determined by a variety of factors based on information supplied by the parents. It is never a good idea to be less than honest when providing this information. Typically, the judge in a case will know if an individual is trying to game the system.

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