California Child Support Order
A California Child Support Order is a court order requiring one parent or both parents to pay child support every month to help pay for the support of the child (or children) and the child’s living expenses.
California Child Support Order Required
Each parent is equally responsible for providing for the financial needs of his or her child. But the court cannot enforce this obligation until it makes a California Child Support Order for support. When parents separate, a parent must ask the court to make an order establishing parentage (paternity) and also ask the court to make an order for child support. Child support payments are usually made until children turn 18 (or 19 if they are still in high school full time, living at home, and cannot support themselves).
Either parent can ask the judge to make a California Child Support Order as part of one of the following types of cases:
- Legal separation;
- A Petition to Establish Parental Relationship (for unmarried parents);
- A domestic violence restraining order; or,
- A Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Children;
Click on the following link to download a free copy of California Child Support Order form:
File Download (PDF File): fl342 – child support info & order
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