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How much is child support in California?

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Child support is the money that a court orders a parent or both parents to pay every month to support of the living expenses of their child(ren).The purpose of child support is to support a child and all of his or her living expenses. In the words of the State:

“Children need the financial support of both parents because they do better. They also have a right to it by law. California’s child support law is based on the principle that even though parents have separated or divorced, children should continue to benefit from the financial support of both parents, just like they would if the parents were still together.” (Source)

How is income determined?

Child support is based on “net disposable income.”  This is a parent’s income after required deductions such as state and federal taxes. This can also include bonuses, commissions, overtime, and other supplemental or non-wage income if the court determines that this income occurs regularly. All of the following source of income are NOT included when calculating net disposable income:

  • CalWORKs
  • General Assistance/General Relief
  • SSI (Supplemental Security Income)

Which parent receives child support?

In the vast majority of cases, the parent who takes care of the children for the majority of the time receives child support. Rarely, in some cases where there is a very large disparity of income, the parent who mostly has the children will still have to pay support.

In cases where parenting time is shared equally, support may still be due.

How can I get an estimate of how much child support may be paid in my case?

To calculate a more exact estimate, it is suggested that you contact an attorney. For a rough estimate, you may also try using the California Guideline Child Support Calculator.

What if I have questions about child support or wish to speak with someone about my case?

Call our office today. John A. Bledsoe is Orange County’s premier divorce attorney and a certified family law specialist. Our firm offers a confidential initial case evaluation. Call 949-889-1227 to learn more.

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