Questions About Child Support

1. How is child support determined?

Child support is determined based on an algebraic formula set out in the Family Code as enacted by the California legislature.  It considers the income of each parent, the amount of time the child spends with each parent and the tax deductions for each parent.  Other factors considered are mandatory pension contributions, union dues and health insurance payments.  The formula is almost always calculated by one of several computer programs which determines the “net” income of each party available to pay child support, considers the parental timeshare and then determines the amount of child support owed usually by the higher earning parent.

Child care and health care costs not covered by insurance are usually paid equally between the parties, as a mandatory “add-on” to child support.

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