Tuesday, June 12, 2007


When the Court Orders a spouse to pay child support to the other spouse for the children of the marriage it should be used for necessaries of life to support those children. Each time you pay child support make sure that you receive a receipt for your payment. This can be done by way of a cancelled check or a hand written receipt from the spouse that received the support payment. This is important in case an issue of payment arises in the future, and it always does arise.

Even if there is no Court order in place you should pay child support each month to the custodial parent. The children need to eat and be clothed and have a roof over their head. Issues as to visitation are independent of child support. If you are having trouble with your visitation you should contact an attorney to help you. Do not take matters into your own hands. There are many qualified attorneys in Burbank, California that can help you with your custody or support problems. Also, if there is a change in your financial status that prevents you from paying your support, then you have to go back to Court right away.

Your kids should not have to suffer because of personal issues between you and your spouse. Keep the kids out of the arguments and take the high road. This will not only make you a better parent in the long run, but it will also help your equities with the Court at the time of any hearing. Do not make the mistake of withholding support because you were denied visitation. Instead, make the support payment and document the denial of visitation. Contact an attorney as soon as possible so that you can see your children.

Child support is based upon a number of factors including the amount of visitation you exercise with your children (generally the more you see the children the less you pay in child support). Also, the parties respective incomes are calculated into the formula. Your attorney can run a Dissomaster to determine a rough estimate of what your support obligation should be based upon the above.

Remember that you are an example to your children and should teach them how to be responsible adults and good citizens. Children learn from watching you and following your lead. Good parents teach their children how to be good citizens which makes our society that much easier to live and work in on a daily basis. Keep your spirits up and your standards high and you will achieve justice for the children in your family.

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