My question involves child support in the State of: California
My step-daughter lived with her mother untill a few months ago. My husband pays child support to her mother. My step-daughter decided she wanted to live with her aunt and uncle and her mother consented. They have not filed with the courts for legal guardianship, but they are now asking for the child support to be sent to them. Her mother wont give them the money.
They have asked my husband to change where the money goes, but can he even do this if they don't have LEGAL guardianship? My husband thinks that because the mother said she could live there and gave them permission to change her school and such that all he needs to do is tell Support Services to change it or have the aunt and uncle open a child support case on their own.
My MAIN question is: Do they first have to file for legal guardianship in order for child support services to change the the support order over to them? If so, and they are granted guardianship, can they then collect from her mother too? The child is 17 so I am also wondering how difficult it is to do this(do we need a lawyer??) and if its worth the time and expense.
Thanks for any help.