Although research indicates that children do better in all areas of their lives when they have two parents, data collected in 2013 indicates that two out of three noncustodial parents are not involved in their children’s lives in a meaningful way. That is why the Department of Child Services in California is partnering with local agencies throughout the state to celebrate Child Support Awareness Month in August.
As part of Child Support Awareness Month, there will be increased emphasis on outreach and education for those who may be behind on their child support payments. Those who are behind on their payments in Tehama County are encouraged to come to the local child support office to make a payment, request a child support modification order or ask if a compromise can be reached on any past due child support owed.
The Tehama County Department of Child Support Services manages 4,300 cases and collects anywhere from $300,000 to $400,000 per month. Statewide in 2013, $2.3 billion in child support was collected to benefit 1.4 million children as part of the California Child Support Program. The stated goal of the DCSS is to ensure that families can be self-sufficient and that children in the state are being properly cared for.
Child support payments are intended to help custodial parents pay for the needs of a child. This may include paying for housing, clothing and food as well as health-related expenses or expenses stemming from the child’s education. When these payments are not made or not made on time, it may impact the well-being of a child. A family law attorney may be able to take action to possibly obtain compliance with child supportorders.
California parents may well be aware of some of the difficulties of divorce and child support in the age of social media. A recent trend, as Facebook and sites like it permeate every aspect of our lives, involves prosecutors and other law enforcement officials checking for evidence of malfeasance on the public profiles of people suspected of crimes and other wrongdoing.
This is especially common in cases of nonpayment of child support. Prosecutors have stated their belief that social media is a reasonably accurate way to gauge how much money an individual has. If they are bragging about how much they earn or posting pictures of themselves holding large amounts of money, but they are pleading poverty to the court and refusing to make child support payments for their children, then the authorities may choose to press charges for nonpayment of court-ordered support.
They often have the assistance and approval of some of the civilian parties affected in these case. Anecdotal evidence indicates that there are a large number of people out there who refuse to take financial responsibility for their children without legal intervention requiring them to do so.
Public displays of photographs and written statements may be considered evidence in a trial. There is no expectation of privacy for open posts on social media, so anything put on Twitter, Facebook or the like may be considered by in court. If one parent is not paying their fair share of support for the child, but they are making statements online about how much money they are making and spending, then it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney about referring them to the authorities for prosecution for nonpayment and failure to fulfill their parental responsibilities.