For California families, planning for a child's higher education can be a major priority, especially given the importance of a university degree for future success in many professions. However, the costs of college are rising continuously and may put the expenses nearly out of reach for many families. The College Board estimates that tuition costs rise around 3 percent annually; in order to provide for a child's education, it can be important to put a plan into effect long before a child considers their future educational plans. However, a divorce can add extra complications and difficulties to the already-onerous task of saving for college.
California parents who do not have primary physical custody of their children are usually required to pay a certain amount in child support every month. However, there are many who simply cannot afford to pay what they owe, potentially causing them to default and face severe legal consequences.