Child Custody & Support
The financial needs of the children are addressed at the beginning of the case. The parents can enter into a stipulated agreement for a certain amount of support to be paid by the obligated parent that is filed with the Court and becomes an order. If parents are unable to agree upon a child support amount to be paid, the requesting parents can request that a court make a temporary order for the payment of support. The obligated parent, called upon to provide child support, is entitled to a hearing. Normally, an expedited support order becomes valid 30 days after the service of all required documents on the obligated parent. The court can also make the order effective retroactively, as of the date of the application filing.
If the income of the obligated parent is unknown, instead of using the calculation from the guideline, the judge can order the parent to pay the minimum defined in the state’s welfare laws. The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Act sets forth the “minimum basic standards of adequate care” in dollar amounts, starting at $341.