Child Support
California Child Support Laws

California Child Support Laws

October 14, 2023

Determining Child Support in California

When determining child support in California, the two primary factors the court will consider is the income of each parent and the amount of time each parent spends with the child and any special needs the child may have. The judge must calculate child support in California on the XSpouse program and make a finding of “guideline” child support, however under rare circumstances that court can deviate from guideline.

It is important to speak with an experienced Southern California family law attorneys to discuss your options regarding financial assistance. It is never advisable to research the child support calculation yourself because there are many variables that can make a difference in the calculation. Many people will look at various online calculators and think that they can handle child support California by themselves. Do not try to do on your own. If you make a mistake it may be difficult or impossible to change later. Consult with the Edgar & Dow today!

The attorneys at the Edgar & Dow have extensive experience with child support related issues, including imputation of income when the other party does not work and has the ability and opportunity to work, when one party quits a job, if a party has an actual or perceived disability, when a party has a new child of a different relationship, a disabled child, and when a party is deliberately under-employed to avoid paying support.

Calculating Child Support in California

California has mandated “guideline” child support. Child support can be a complicated matter. It is important to speak with an attorney who has knowledge of the guideline child support system. All courts in California must use the guideline child support computer program, named either XSpouse or Dissomaster. Under very few limited circumstances, can the court deviate from the guideline child support calculations. There are many variable that go into the calculation.

Contact us to discuss your options and the many variables that go into the computer calculation. The two biggest variables that are used are timeshare and income. The timeshare is the percentage of time when you actually have custody. People’s income can vary – straight salary as opposed to a base pay with bonuses or commissions, to self employment. There are other variables that can affect the amount of child support, including health insurance premiums, other supported children in the home, mandatory retirement and union dues. Again, it is important to speak with an attorney very familiar with the child support calculator to ensure an appropriate order.

Contact A Southern California Child Support Lawyer Today

Contact our office today for a free consultation to discuss your options. We advise that you make an appointment to meet with one of our attorney to discuss these issues. Please bring in your most recent paycheck stub, tax return and any court orders with respect to your current child support in California obligation and the custody and visitation issues.


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