While most parents have the desire to support their children under any circumstances, there are parents out there who refuse to make their obligated child support payments, even when a court has previously ruled against them. This is why most states, including California, have tools in place to help parents collect the child support payments that they are entitled to.
If you or someone you know is dealing with missed child support payments, or if you have any questions relating to child support enforcement in California, it is imperative that you contact a qualified family law attorney. We at the Law Office of James P. White can help.
How Child Support Enforcement Works in California
Enforcement cannot take place without a formally instituted child support arrangement. Once the requirement has been established, parents who have not received their due payments can proceed to pursue enforcement. The first step in this process involves placing the non-paying party into contempt for failing to pay child support. This serves as a “quasi-criminal” charge which carries fines, community service, and potential jail time.
Past this, child support enforcement can be carried out via a variety of court orders and legal mechanisms. These often include:
- Fines up to $1000
- Wage garnishment
- Asset forfeiture
- Orders that child support payments come from alternate sources such as pension plans
- Requirement to pay other parent’s legal fees and other related costs
Need a Child Support Enforcement Attorney?
Regardless of the specifics at hand, your best bet is to consult with a reputable attorney, someone like James P. White. For all your legal needs involving child support and enforcement in California, be sure to reach out to us to learn more about how we can help.
Call us at (925) 271-0999 to schedule a initial consultation today.