***THIS IS A MUST READ*** Punishment for a first offense for failure to pay child support is a fine, up to 6 months in prison, or both. In the case of a second or subsequent offense or a case when the obligation has been unpaid for longer than 2 years or is more than $10,000, the punishment increases to a fine of up to $250,000, 2 years in prison, or both. Noncustodial parents convicted of these offenses must also pay restitution and/or settlements of the child support amount owed.
Child support can be ordered by the San Diego Court, payable by one or both parents. Child support in San Diego, is generally determined using guideline calculations and is usually paid monthly until the child is eighteen to nineteen years old.