For single or divorced parents, child support can be critical to their financial independence. However, there are many issues to consider when paying or receiving support. For instance, a father may not be required to financially support a child until paternity is established. After that has been done, both parents are required by California law to support the child.
There are many consequences for those who fail to pay their child support. In some cases, penalties may include jail time in addition to paying interest on the amount owed. Wages may be garnished or tax refunds garnished to pay back support. It is also possible to have professional licenses suspended until the past due amount is repaid.