Where Can Fathers Who Are in Arrears and Unemployed Get Help With Child Support?

December 6, 2010 by Maricopa County Court  
Filed under Child Custody, Family Court

By Justin DiMateo -

Fathers who are unemployed and/or in arrears may run into great difficulty when attempting to fulfill a Court Order to pay child support. Many may feel hopeless and lost when considering their options and in many cases may not completely understand their options. The first thing that an individual should do when they lose their job or are having trouble paying debts is to seek a modification to the Court Order. They should do this immediately, as consequences may be in store for those who do not seek a modification of the Order, including suspension of their driver’s license.

Another important step for fathers struggling to make child support payments when unemployed or in arrears is to check if they are eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If so, they should contact their case worker to ensure that a wage withholding is put into place with the Bureau of Unemployment Services. Remember, becoming unemployed does not mean that you are still not responsible for making payments on time. The amount due will continue to accrue in arrears.

If you’re already in arrears and continue to struggle to make payments, it may be possible to work out an arrangement with the custodial parent. Of course, speaking with an attorney before entering into any arrangement is encouraged so that the rights of the father are protected and to avoid unexpected surprises along the way.

Child support is typically linked to the amount of time that each parent spends with the child. In joint physical custody cases, support may be lower than in cases where only one parent has physical custody of the child. Support is meant to assist the custodial parent in paying for expenses related to caring for the child and ensuring that all of the child’s needs are met. The Court will act in the best interest of the child. If you believe that you are paying too much support based on the amount of time you spend with the child, speak with an attorney to see if you may seek a modification to the Court Order.

Justin suggests, after going through a divorce, to get clear and precise up-to-date information on California Child Support laws from a family law lawyer. See a Divorce Lawyer and visit the offices of Diefer Law Group

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Divorced Dads Tips – Winning in Family Court Requires Clarity

By Danny Guspie -

DISCLAIMER: The following is NOT legal advice, nor is it a substitute for legal advice. If you are in Family Court you will need legal advice, so please see a lawyer.

Winning in Family Court Requires Clarity, especially when you are a divorced dad.

The first step to winning in is to clarify and define your goals. If you don’t define your goals, someone else will, and you could end up with results that you probably won’t be happy with. Remember this: Your child needs you more than ever. Being a winner means making peace for your kids, even when it hurts. So, plan with your end result in mind. You do have options and you do have rights.

The words Fathers’ rights are not dirty words. Fathers are natural protectors of their children. Men can be good parents, and they have a right to be treated as good parents in the court system. But you have to act that way. People are not what they say, they are what they do.

I have seen really good men and women who struggle to be the best parents they can be under the difficult circumstances of separation, divorce and the costs of enormous legal fees in Family Court. And I’ve seen plenty who can’t afford a lawyer.

But ask yourself no matter what gender you are – don’t you want to be with your child? Haven’t we raised the awareness of equality issues to a point where young boys who grew up in the last four decades expect equal treatment? Fathers, once they enter into Family Court, are under constant assault. You need a new set of skills to deal with these problems.

For example, men fail to recognize that when a woman makes the decision to go to Family Court, she didn’t make it overnight. Usually, she has made it over a long period of time.

The unfortunate ugly truth is this: When you’re a man served with Family Court papers, you’re soon to be ex is not “your best friend” nor does she need to be rescued from her perspective. If you don’t understand that and you try to “rescue her, you could find yourself facing a restraining order.

Find some people who have already been where you are who can explain things to you, who can mentor you, guide you, and coach you. And who have found REALLY GOOD lawyers.

Your children deserve a family at peace. As parents it is your job to provide that. Your child has the right to your love and protection. But also recognize that justice begins in your heart, mind and soul. It’s not often found at the end of a Family Court judge’s gavel. Sadly, litigation is part of the equation…

Never let anyone tell you that you are no longer a parent to your child because you’re a Dad. The most important part of finding your direction is to find out where you are so that you can begin to move forward.

Be observant enough to recognize when things are going poorly in your relationship with your child’s mother. Get the help necessary to plan an exit strategy well before Mom out maneuvers you to your child’s great disadvantage. Act with Clarity; Begin with the end result in mind.

Learn how to wage peace on behalf of your child during great provocation. It’s an easier skill to acquire when you don’t deny the reality of your situation. Accept that you have rights too.

During my divorce, I wished for a divorce road map. That’s why we created a weekly telewebcast, to help men like yourself.

If you’ve lost in Family Court, don’t give up. There is always hope. You’ve likely lost because you didn’t understand that winning requires effectively “waging peace” for your children.

If you base your game plan and strategies upon those of successful fathers, you will improve your chances of success immeasurably. You need help from dads who have done what you are trying to do.

Danny Guspie Executive Director of Fathers Resources International can help you learn the successful strategies of fathers who have won in Family Court. Join us on our weekly calls at http://www.DivorcedDadWeekly.com where we will share with you what has worked for many successful divorced dads.

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