California Man Sentenced to Jail After Failing to Pay $139K in Child Support
Last month, a Monterey County Superior Court handed down a six-month jail sentence for a California man with more than $139,000 in unpaid child support.
According to the Monterey County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS), the sentence came as the result of repeated violations of an existing support order. The man had previously been sentenced to prison for two previous violations – 10 days and 25 days, respectively – both of which were served.
A judge had also sentenced the man to three years probation in 2014, when he failed to adhere to a child support order. Under the terms of that probation, he was required to pay child support, as well as maintain employment and report any job search efforts to the county DCSS office.
Child Support in California
Child support refers to a monthly payment made by one parent to another parent, in order to help cover the costs that come with raising a child. These payments are typically made to the parent who is the primary caretaker, or custodial parent, by the non-custodial parent with less parenting time. However, there are situations where a court may order both parents to contribute child support payments.
In general, child support payments continue from the time they are established until the child turns 18. However, there are exceptions to this rule – support may be ordered to continue if the child is 19 years old, still attending high school and residing with a parent. A support order may also be cut short in cases where the child enlists in the military, registers for a domestic partnership or declares themselves as self-supporting.
When it comes to determining how much child support should be provided, state law considers several important factors. In addition to both parents’ gross income, the state also considers:
- Both parents’ tax liabilities
- How many children are in need of support
- Any existing custody agreement
- If either parent also pays support for children from another relationship
- Health insurance expenses for the child
- Any mandatory retirement contributions or job-related expenses for each parent
- Other relevant costs, including those related to healthcare, education and travel
Even once a child support has been put in place, it is possible to make modifications or amendments, depending on the situation. In any circumstance involving child support, it is always best to seek the assistance of a qualified attorney, who can evaluate your case and provide a recommendation, based on existing state laws.
Family Law Attorneys in Los Angeles
Are you dealing with an issue related to child support? If so, the attorneys at Whitmarsh Family Law, PC can assist you today. Our firm specializes exclusively in family law and its many areas, including divorce, paternity, child support and custody, prenuptial agreements and spousal support, and can provide the wise legal guidance you need when dealing with these sensitive issues.
No matter what the circumstances are surrounding your child support matter, our legal team has the skills and experience necessary to help you and your family when you need it most. To schedule an initial consultation to assess your case, contact the dedicated attorneys at Whitmarsh Family Law, PC at (310) 552-3505.