California residents may know Jon Gosselin from his leading role on the reality television show "Jon and Kate Plus 8." The 38-year-old celebrity filmed the television show with his wife and children, but he ceased to appear on the show in 2010 after the couple divorced. The divorce was not without incident, and media reports published on May 15 indicate that Gosselin may be considering legal action to seek custody of one of his eight children.
California parents who are divorcing may face difficult issues around child support. While both parents are responsible for the support of the child, a child support order in an amount that is higher than the noncustodial parent can afford may be counterproductive. The parent may be unable to meet the obligations entirely or may only pay occasionally.
Individuals in California who are responsible for child support also have an obligation to pay medical expenses that are not covered by insurance. This might include prescriptions, copays and deductibles. Some parents may have agreements that are specific about the percentage that each parent will pay. If this is not the case and parents cannot agree on how to cover medical expenses, it may be necessary to seek a modification of the child support order.
Although their are several reasons why child support payments may terminate, they do not do so automatically. Therefore, an individual will need to contact a state child support agency representative to start the process of ending support. Support generally ends when a child turns 18. However, it may be necessary to provide additional support past that age for children who are in college or who have special needs.
Parents' lives change frequently, and when they do in a significant way, a previously-issued child custody order may no longer work. It is possible to seek and obtain a modification to a custody order by following the procedures outlined by the law.
When parents are going through a divorce, judges give special importance to the best interests of children when making decisions. This can influence matters like property division, child custody and parenting plans in California. When determining what will be best for a child or children, courts look at the circumstances of each situation and try to ensure a child's well-being and safety.
California law holds the best interests of the child or children to be paramount in any decisions involving custody or divorce. Although that may seem to be a subjective standard, there are certain well-tested guidelines and indicators that the court may use to determine what the most nurturing environment may be and how to get the child into that situation while limiting any trauma.