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What is child support?

Following divorce and custody cases, child support is one of biggest ongoing expenses parents face.
These court-ordered payments provide for food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities. They fund the continuing care of your children and are part of your duty as a parent.

How is child support determined in California?

While many other areas of family law are more open to interpretation, child support has rigid boundaries and definitions.
In California, child support takes a wide array of financial factors into account, but it follows a strict, uniform formula.

Following divorce and custody cases, child support is one of biggest ongoing expenses parents face. These court-ordered payments provide for food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities. They fund the continuing care of your children and are part of your duty as a parent.

While many other areas of family law are more open to interpretation, child support has rigid boundaries and definitions. In California, child support takes a wide array of financial factors into account, but it follows a strict, uniform formula.

child support equation

How do you calculate child support?

California has an actual mathematical formula to determine child support, following this formula determines the amount of child support a parent pays.

CS=K[HN-(H%)(TN)]
  • CS:  the child support amount.
  • K:  the total of both parents’ income.
  • HN:  the high net, or the total disposable income for the higher earning parent.
  • H%:  the percentage of time the higher earning parent is responsible for the child.
  • TN:  the combined net monthly total disposable income between both parents.

How to Calculate Your Child Support Responsibility:

CA CHILD SUPPORT FORMULA

To get started:

  • Collect specific information about your income, finances, and taxes.
  • You need your most recent tax returns, paycheck stubs, and tax forms, like W-2s or 1099s.
  • any paperwork that documents disability or unemployment benefits,
  • child health care costs, mandatory fees like union dues or retirement contributions,
  • job related expenses.
  • If you have child support payments for other children,
  • spousal support payments, or similar costs, collect those.
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Family law is all we do. Our San Diego-based attorneys provide real answers over the phone at no charge to you. No really.
In-Depth Assessment
No two cases are the same. Ever. Our managing attorney, Zephyr Hill, will asses your situation and explore YOUR legal options.
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We’re committed to protecting your rights as a father and will make active, assertive moves to support you in child support cases.
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