Under the State of California, minors are entitled to receive financial support from their parents, regardless of the status of the minor’s parents’ relationship. The state government works to ensure that every child has his or her needs met, whether the parents are married, separated, divorced, or simply never been married. Attempting to figure out how to file for child support in the State of California can be time consuming and stressful. The entire procedure can involve family courts and administrative procedure.
It is important to recognize that it is possible to enforce a right to obtain child support and that taking the adequate steps in a timely manner can be highly beneficial. Seeking to obtain a child support order by using the right approach can help a parent get the best chance at receiving funds the minor needs from the other parent.
Initial Steps to Obtaining Child Support in California
When seeking to obtain child support, the petitioning parent will need to request an order from a family court or otherwise go through a child support agency. One of the primary steps in securing child support is to locate the parent who will need to pay. If it is necessary, paternity will need to be established.
The next step would be to open a case with the appropriate family court. If the parents are already involved in a legal separation or divorce, this could be the subsequent step. If the petitioning parent has sought a domestic violence restraining order against the other parent, the petitioner can ask the court for a child support order. Once the case has been opened, the petitioning parent will need to complete the following:
- Fill out the necessary court forms
- Have the documents reviewed by an attorney or family law facilitator
- Make copies of all the documents
- File the documents with the court clerk
- Obtain a court date from the court clerk
- Have an adult serve the documents to the other party before the court date
- Have the server fill out a proof of service document and return it
- File the proof of service with the court clerk
- Attend the court hearing on the date established
Once the hearing has commenced, the judge will usually evaluate the order and sign it depending on the needs of the child. It is important that the petitioner or his or her attorney prepare for the child support order and bring it to the hearing. As you may note, the process can be time-consuming and confusing, Hence, the need to obtain an attorney to handle this extensive process on your behalf.
Obtain the Legal Support of a Qualified Attorney
It is worth noting that it is not always necessary for parents to go to court in order to obtain child support. If you are seeking to obtain child support, consult with a qualified attorney to review your options.
The attorneys at the RM Law Group are skilled in family law cases involving child support orders. They are dedicated to preserving the rights of their clients and defending their interests in a family court of law.