I often receive questions from people about unpaid child support. Can I still collect on unpaid child support? Does interest accrue on unpaid child support? The answers to both of these questions are yes.
California law provides that a child support judgment is enforceable until paid in full or otherwise satisfied — even after the child reaches age 18. This includes interest and penalties computed thereon. (California Family Code Sections 291(a) and 4503). See also Marriage of Hamer (2000) 81CA4th 712, 718, 97 CR2d 195, 199.
One thing divorce does not change is your being a parent. Whether you develop a traditional visitation schedule or a flexible co‑parenting plan, whether the arrangement is temporary or permanent, you can help make the time you spend with your children happy and productive. When questions regarding custody and visitation arise, an experienced family law attorney is the ideal source for competent counsel.
The following are some hints on making the most of your time with your children — and making the transitions easier on them.
Some of us may insist that we will not need the services of a competent and experienced divorce attorney for any kind of divorce case. Of course, you are always allowed by law to personally represent yourself. However, this might not be the right way to go as you may not have the wherewithal and the competence in ensuring that your legal rights are protected during the entire proceedings. There are several indicators related to divorce cases which you can refer to in determining if you will require the services of a competent and experienced family attorney.
Deciding to get a divorce is difficult. However, some parents say that it is not as hard as talking to their children about it. If you have decided to seek a divorce from your spouse, you need to think about how to tell your children and develop a plan beforehand. The way that you and your spouse discuss the divorce with your children can make a significant difference in the way that they handle it. It is important to be as honest with your children as you can be, without saying harmful things about your spouse or partner. Ideally, you would sit down with your children as a couple and present a united front.