Child support is the amount of money that a court orders a parent to pay for the support of their child. Each parent is equally responsible for providing for the financial needs of their child. A California court cannot enforce a child support obligation until support has been requested and ordered. Support payments usually continue until the child turn 18. Support payments can continue until the age of 19 if the child is still in high school full time, living at home, and cannot support themselves.
Requesting Child Support
Either parent can submit a request for support. This can be done when you file for divorce, legal separation, annulment, a domestic violence restraining order, or in a petition for custody. If one parent has been receiving public assistance from the State of California or a California County program, a local agency will automatically file a support case against the noncustodial parent.
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