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June 22nd, 2017

If you are in the process of obtaining a divorce or are already divorced and have custody of your child you might wonder how child support laws for the collection and distribution of funds is handled in California. In the state of California there is a central child support unit and in some cases that unit is responsible for collecting and distributing child support. The system has been put in place to ensure that both parents are responsible for providing financial support for their children.

The central child support unit is responsible for overseeing child support collection and distribution in the following types of cases:

  • Title IV-D cases – one in which the custodial parent is receiving benefits under the Temporary Aid to Needy Families program, allowing the state of CA to be reimbursed for TANF and Medicaid benefits
  • Non-Title IV-D cases in which there are income withholding orders allows the agency to garnish child support directly from the paychecks of non-custodial parents then distribute it to the custodial parent

Unfortunately the system is not foolproof and there are still cases in which parents fail to make their child support payments. If payments do become delinquent, there are ways to collect the funds in arrears.

If your ex has failed to pay their child support the family law attorneys at Dunne & Dunne are here to help. We help have helped our clients to locate parents who fail to pay their monthly support payments, filed motions to hold the parents in contempt of court and asked for the courts to issue wage garnishments.

Child support payments are non-negotiable and the San Diego divorce attorneys at Dunne & Dunne are available for a free consultation to help you determine the first steps to getting the money that is owed to you.