Why Use Merced County Child Support Services?

Why Use Child Support Services?

The child support system is complicated – but you don’t have to do it alone. Whether you are paying or receiving support, having a record of your child support agreement and payments is a smart thing to do. Opening a case protects both parents. Your local agency will help both of you with the paperwork, the deadlines, making and receiving payments, and with changing your agreement if life events mean you need a new deal. Don’t hesitate to ask for help, that’s what we do. Separate with support. 

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Avoid Going to Court

You can simplify the child support process with a Family Meeting, where a child support caseworker helps you both come to an agreement and you decide together what support amount works for both of you. If you and the other parent can agree on a plan, your local office can file the agreement for you and you don’t have to appear in court.  If you and the other parent don’t get along, the caseworker won’t take sides, and can be a big help to both of you as you create an agreement.  This service is free to both of you. Separate with support.

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How is Child Support Calculated?

A Child Support Commissioner or Family Law Judge sets the amount the must be paid for child support (called the support order) after reviewing both parents’ monthly income and the amount of time the child spends with each parent. If you do not participate in this process by submitting your income and expense documents, whatever the other parent says about your income is assumed to be true and becomes the basis for the child support order.  Make sure your voice is heard. Separate with support. 

All income is taken into consideration and can be money, property or services.  Watch our Instructional video below to learn more:

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