If you have an open case with a local child support agency and do not pay through wage withholding, you have several options:
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Child support generally continues until the minor child emancipates or until otherwise noted in the child support order. Under California law, a parent’s obligation to pay support continues until the child becomes 18 years old. However, the current support obligation may continue until the child is 19, if the child is unmarried and attending high school full-time. A court may order current child support to continue after the child emancipates because of special circumstances.If there are arrears (past due support) owed on the child support case, the local child support agency may continue to enforce collection of the arrears until the case is paid in full, including any interest that may have built up.
The CalWORKs office must send us a referral to open a case to establish paternity, child support and health insurance for the children receiving the benefits.
When you are approved for these benefits, your rights to child support are assigned to the county for the time period you and the children receive aid. The child support collected while your family receives aid is used to reimburse the money paid to your family by the county, pursuant to State and Federal Law.
Our office does not offer these services. The Family Law Facilitator is provided as a free service to provide legal information and assistance to people representing themselves in a Family Law matter. For more information, view Family Law for the Superior Court of California.