YOU DO NOT HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO COLLECT CHILD SUPPORT FROM THE OTHER PARENT WITHOUT A COURT ORDER.
If you want child support or want to change an existing child support order, you must file an Request for Order with the Court. The forms you will need to complete are: Request for Order (FL-300) along with a Declaration, and an Income and Expense Declaration (FL-150). You must provide 2 months’ pay stubs with your papers.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF 7/1/12, THE “REQUEST FOR ORDER” FORM HAS REPLACED THE ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FORM**
The amount of child support you are entitled to is based on many factors, the most important of which is the relative income of the parties and the amount of time each parent spends with the child. Child support and child custody are directly related to each other, and you would be well advised to educate yourself on the law. It is always better to have an experienced family law attorney represent you, especially under the following circumstances:
- When you suspect the other party earns more than reported on the Income and Expense Declaration,
- has not been truthful about his/her financial information,
- recently received a job promotion or bonus,
- purposely depresses his/her income,
- voluntarily quits his/her job,
- hides self-employment income,
- hides assets,
- received a large inheritance,
- has rental properties,
- has a significant amount of separate property stocks, bonds, investments, etc.
After you file your child support papers, a hearing date will be set and you must serve the other parent with the paperwork.
If you receive child support:
If you want to modify your child support order because, for example, you discovered that the other parent earns more money now than before, you should file your child support papers immediately. If you do nothing, you may waive your right to any increased amount of child support prior to the date you filed your Order to Show Cause. You do not have the right to modify your child support retroactively.
If you pay child support:
If you pay child support and have been laid off, for example, you should file your child support papers immediately. If you do not, the prior child support order (at the higher amount) will continue to accrue until the Court modifies the existing child support order. You do not have a right to modify your child support retroactively.
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