Falling behind on child support can result in many different challenges, from anxiety to the threat of being taken into custody. However, there are other ways in which becoming delinquent on child support payments can disrupt a parent's life. For example, a non-custodial parent who cannot pay their child support for one reason or another may be unable to move forward with an overseas trip that they have been planning. Or, they may suffer tax consequences, such as having a portion of their tax refund garnished or their entire refund taken away.
Divorce is a difficult circumstance for any family to be experiencing in California. Children especially, may not understand why their parents are choosing to go different ways and are no longer pursuing a relationship together. However, it is critical that parents are careful in providing information to their children that is appropriate for their age level and will not create a foundation for bitter feelings against their parents.
We at the Law Office of Stephen W. Penn and Associates have found that couples in California have a lot of questions about legal separation. One of the most important things you need to know is that merely living at different residences is not sufficient to separate legally. According to FindLaw, either you or your spouse must file paperwork to obtain a legal separation. On the basis of that application, the court will then issue an order delineating your rights and your duties to your spouse and vice versa.
As a reasonably well-to-do Californian, you likely want to pass your estate down through your family in the most advantageous ways possible. If you have not yet considered one or more generation-skipping trusts as vehicles by which to do this, you may wish to educate yourself on the advantages this type of trust offers.