People who have gone through a divorce where there were children of the marriage understand that when one parent is awarded primary custody, the non-custodial parent generally must pay monthly child support. There are equations and factors used to determine the amount that should be paid, but an ongoing problem both in California and in the rest of the United States is the delinquencies attached to many of these child support orders.
Unfortunately, California leads the nation in a dubious statistic, and this statistic states that overall, non-custodial parents who are subject to California child support orders are $19.2 billion in arrears. This number is actually lower than the highest point it reached, which was $20 billion in 2007. There are many reasons that have been offered for this astounding figure.
One of the first reasons that’s mentioned by those who follow these issues is that the interest rate added to past-due California child support payments is among the highest in the United States. That interest rate sits at 10 percent, and this high number can make it extremely difficult for a parent who is behind to ever catch up to the amount that’s delinquent.
In addition to the interest rate attached to these debts, the economic downturn has been a major factor in California child support delinquencies. The non-custodial parent’s income is usually used as a main variable in deciding on a child support amount, but that amount is obviously skewed when a non-custodial parent loses his or her job.
San Diego Child Support Lawyers
Fortunately, there are options available for those who need to have their child support payments adjusted for one reason or another, but those who desire this result need to move through the proper channels and procedures in order to lawfully have this amount changed. Simply failing to pay child support and then claiming hardship will generally not lead to a positive result.
If you face this situation, you need to seek the help of San Diego child support lawyers who have helped many people obtain the results they deserved in these matters. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.