Calculating Child Support

One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is making sure your children are adequately cared for despite the turmoil they've undergone. Child support is the financial obligation you as a parent may be required to pay in order to ensure the safe and responsible upbringing your children deserve. You may be curious about the different factors the court takes into consideration when determining how to award child support.

The State of California has very specific guidelines its courts use when determining the amount of child support to award. The following are different factors that play a part in calculating this amount:

  • The gross incomes of both parents. The courts need to know how much each parent makes in order to determine how much each parent should be financially obligated to support the child.
  • The amount of time the child will spend with each parent. The parent with less time with the children may be expected to pay more in child support.
  • Any tax deductions each parent can claim.
  • Payroll deductions that each parent is required to make, such as health care or labor union dues.
  • The respective amounts each parent pays in child care costs.

The courts will then apply a series of formulas to this raw data to determine which parent will be obligated to pay child support, and how much money that parent will be expected to pay. These guidelines are used to ensure that child support is both provided when necessary and uniformly levied throughout the state.

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If you are going through a divorce and have questions about child support, contact the San Diego divorce attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, by calling 760-722-7646.

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