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What is Child Support?

Child support is a monthly sum of money paid by one parent to the other for the support and maintenance of a minor child(ren). Child support payments can also include “add-ons” which are either mandatory or discretionary for the court to order. Mandatory child support add-ons include child care expenses and uncovered medical costs incurred on behalf of the child—these are usually shared equally by the parents. Discretionary child support add-ons can include private school costs and extracurricular activities.

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How Are Child Support Payments Calculated?

According to California child support laws, courts are required to make guideline support orders. The guideline amount is determined by a formula that factors in the number of minor children, each party’s time share with each child, the income of the parties, and each party’s tax filing status and deductions.

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Helping Parents Resolve Child Support Matters

When the parents can provide the information needed for the child support calculation and agree on the inputs for the formula, guideline child support can be easily calculated by an experienced child support lawyer. Parents are often able to reach agreements on child support since the court is mandated to order the guideline amount.

FAQ

  • Q: When does child support end?

  • A: In California, child support payments normally continue until the child reaches 18 years of age or graduates high school, whichever is later. In the cases of children with disabilities that prevent them from becoming self-supporting adults at age 18, child support payments could continue into adulthood.

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Q: What factors affect my payment?

A: Some of the factors which go into the child support calculation include:
  • Custody time share arrangement
  • Number of children being supported
  • Income
  • Retirement contributions
  • Work-related expenses
  • Taxes
  • Health care expenses for the child

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  • Q: Can I make a child support modification?

  • A: Child support orders are not fixed, and can be modified by the courts based on a change in circumstances or new information. If there is a change to one of the factors used to calculate the previous guideline child support order, child support will be modified.

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