Each parent is equally responsible for providing for the financial needs of his or her child; however, the court cannot enforce this obligation until it makes an order for support. When parents separate, a parent must ask the court to make an order establishing parentage (paternity) and also ask the court to make an order for child support.

Child support payments are usually made until children turn 18 (or 19 if they are still in high school full time, living at home, and cannot support themselves). 

Either parent can ask the judge to make a child support order as part of divorce, legal separation, or annulment (for parents who are married or in a registered domestic partnership); a Petition to Establish Parental Relationship (for unmarried parents); a domestic violence restraining order (for married or unmarried parents) OR A Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Children (for parents who have signed a voluntary Declaration of Paternity OR are married, or registered domestic partners, and do not want to get legally separated or divorced )

Child support agreements can be complicated, and attention to detail is necessary.  Concerns such as calculating child support, falling behind in child support payments, changing child support, ending child support, and medical support should be handled carefully.  At Law Office James Chau, we have the experience and the focus to help you with your child custody concerns.  Please do not hesitate to schedule your 20 minute free consultation.  Child support in San Jose law, Sunnyvale child support attorney, Milpitas child support law.