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Calculating Child Support in California

After getting divorced, some parents find that they struggle to provide their children with the essentials they need to raise them. Often, this is because the parents go from two incomes to one after they split up.

In California, both parents are legally required to provide financial support for their children, regardless of which parent has physical custody of the child. California uses specific guidelines to ensure parents have the means to pay child support. Here's how child support is calculated in California.

What Determines the Amount of Child Support?

California laws state that both parents’ primary obligation is to support and foster their child's well-being through child support. Therefore, all child support orders ensure that children always get the adequate and timely support they need to live.

California family law courts utilize a standard formula to determine the amount of child support. The child support formula considers various factors to determine what an appropriate amount of child support is. These factors include:

  • How much money each parent makes
  • Whether each parent receives other funds in addition to their normal income
  • The number of children needing support
  • How much health insurance costs
  • The cost of daycare and other children-watching services
  • Expenses related to education, transportation, after-school activities, or other programs the children are involved in

To better understand how much a parent can expect to pay or receive in child support, California's government website has a free calculator for parents to use. Essentially, parents just put their income, tax information, and the number of children to get an estimate of how much child support will be needed.

While this tool helps provide a general estimate of child support, it is not always 100% accurate. Therefore, it is always in your best interest to contact a Newport Beach child support attorney to discuss the unique details of your case. At The Law Office of Timothy M. Ghobrial, our skilled child support lawyer can thoroughly examine your situation to provide an accurate child support estimate.

Have questions about child support in California? Call us today at (949) 751-1420 to speak to our skilled Newport Beach child support attorney.

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