Poverty among children in Orange County has hit its highest levels since 2005, according to a recent article in the Orange County Register. The data offered by the newspaper is a sobering reminder of the problems families face in our community, and the challenges these, in turn, can pose for Orange County family law and family courts.
Citing federal poverty data, the newspaper reported that the number of school-age children in poverty in Orange County jumped to 12 percent in the last year – an estimated 67,062 children. The paper noted that 3.5 times that number of children qualify for free or reduced-price meals in the county’s schools.
Unsaid in the article is a separate truth: that times like these, and rising poverty numbers, put strains on families at all economic levels. In times of economic stress Orange County family law issues such as divorce, parental alienation, child custody and visitation can all become even more vexed and emotional than they ordinarily are.
In situations like these the assistance of an experienced and compassionate Orange County family law attorney can be invaluable in negotiating your family’s passage through difficult times. Orange County divorce and child custody issues can be complicated by one or both spouses losing a job or falling behind on mortgage payments. A full-service Orange County family law firm can help you explore your options for dealing with this and similar situations, as a first step toward restoring balance in your life.
Orange County Register: Poverty figures rise among O.C. schoolchildren