Child Support Outreach Efforts Top Priority In California

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.