Unpaid child support can impose a severe burden on many single parents and their families in California. Court-ordered child support is meant to help cover the daily costs of raising a child, and when it is delinquent, parents may find it next to impossible to make ends meet. Child support funds can pay important costs for the children, including medical and dental costs, educational fees and other expenses. Because unpaid child support can have a major impact on children's health and well-being, enforcement of support orders is a priority for both state and federal agencies.
For some couples in California, a retirement account could be their largest asset. Therefore, dividing the account in a divorce could be quite contentious. In a 2016 survey, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that separating retirement accounts was the second most common cause of conflict in a divorce.