Smart phone apps are a lifesaver for busy parents, but now there’s a special app designed to help parents who are receiving San Jose child support.
On October 21, the CAChildSup app became available through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. This app lets custodial parents access their account info, receive payments, and ask questions about the child support collection process. If desired, noncustodial parents can use the app to make their required child support payments or search for a Local Child Support Agency if they need to make an appointment to discuss a collection related issue.
The CAChildSup app is available free of charge and was developed by the California Department of Child Support Services, a governmental agency. Preliminary reviews of the app seem quite positive, with the majority of parents finding it to be a time saver when dealing with child support concerns.
Substantial caution is advisable regarding this new application, as it is very likely that hackers will be particularly interested in finding ways to access the private and sensitive financial information that could now be stored on your smart phone. It is probably the case that your smart phone is the most dangerous possession you carry. Smart Phone Thefts are rising. When the risk of having your, the other parent’s, and possibly the children’s personal identifying information stolen is combined with the simple truism that most new things have severe problems that are only discovered after months and/or years of use, you will understand why substantial caution is advisable. Often, it is better to let others play the role of guinea pig. Nevertheless, if you want to try the latest thing:
Click here to download the app from the Apple App store. The app requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but is optimized for iPhone 5.
Click here to download the app from the Google Play store. The app requires at least Android 2.2 to work properly.
Of course, the CAChildSup app is only helpful if your ex is paying the proper amount of child support. If you’re receiving partial payments or no child support at all, consider contacting a qualified San Jose child support attorney to discuss your options. A child support attorney can recommend strategies for getting the money that you are owed, such as pursuing the revocation of your ex’s passport or professional license or taking him back to court. Because child support payments are court mandated, parents who fail to pay can be held in contempt, serve up to five days in jail, and pay a fine of $1,000 for each month a payment is past due. While contempt is a viable option it is rarely pursued, since the trouble of proving each and every element beyond a reasonable doubt can outweigh the benefits; however, sometimes it will be the best option.
There is no statute of limitations on child support debt, so you should continue to pursue the case even if your child is now fully grown. In fact, unpaid child support debt accumulates interest at the statutory rate in California, currently 10% per annum, and if you serve a Notice of Delinquency, a 6% per month penalty could also be assessed.