The following is a guest blog post by Maggie LaBranch, a solo practitioner located in San Jose, California. Her passion in law shines in making personal connections and building relationships in her family law and trusts and estates practice.
The case of the New Jersey teenager who left home and then sued her parents for payment of continuing private high school tuition, living expenses, and future college costs put fear into parents nationwide. Even the judge noted the “potentially slippery slope” involved in the 18-year-old teen’s case, which she ultimately dropped. But it brings up the related issue of parental obligations for the education and living expenses of their older teens in the context of separation and divorce. What are these obligations under California law?
According to the Huffington Post, non-custodial parents owe $19.2 billion in delinquent child support payments in California. At least part of the reason for these incredibly high arrears is the unemployment situation. Child support payments that are set when the parent has a good-paying job are left unpaid once that parent is laid off. The question many financially struggling parents are wondering is: How do I get my child support payments recalculated?