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Study says states vary in child support amounts

A company called Custody X Change did a study that examined how child support payments differ from state to state. It started with a hypothetical family that had two children and a combined income of $100,000, with the custodial parent making $55,000. The custodial parent spent 35% of the parenting time with the child. Based on these figures, the study estimated a typical California child support payment would range from $530 to $730.

Student loan debt in a California divorce

Student loan debt is a major concern for many people in California. The cost of attending university in the United States has grown significantly over the years. As a result, many people face student loan burdens that may total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. When people decide to divorce, the division of their largest assets may be some of the most contentious issues that arise. The financial effects of the end of a marriage can linger for years into the future. The same holds true for the division of large marital liabilities such as student loan debt.

The truth about what it means to be a noncustodial parent

There are many misconceptions that people may have about noncustodial parents in California and throughout America. For instance, they may believe that a noncustodial parent gave up his or her rights voluntarily. However, the truth is that a custody ruling is based on what is best for the children, and in some cases, parents realize that what is best for their children is to live elsewhere.

What is the difference between community and separate property?

As you and your spouse divorce you must separate your belongings. If you or your spouse have begun living separately, you may have informally divided your belongings already. If this division works well or if you and your spouse come to another agreement about property division, you must be sure to have the agreement formally signed off by a judge. If you and your spouse cannot agree about who should take what, a judge may decide these issues for you.

Parents may have to enter support agreements to receive benefits

When parents split up, as many California couples know, one main concern is how to provide for the children. With 37 percent of children who live in single-parent homes living under the poverty line, it is important to work towards providing the best support for them. The USDA's new recommendations for states regarding SNAP benefits seeks to do just that.

Virtual visitation can help military parents stay in touch

Serving as an active duty member of the military is a demanding job. In addition to the physical and mental rigors involved with active service, there's the social pressure from being away from your family for an extended amount of time. Many married couples find it hard for their marriage to survive the distance and strain of active duty deployment.

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