Each state follows different yet similar methods of determining the amount of child support one spouse pays to the other, if any.
In California, the courts generally follow a series of guidelines that define parameters for determining child support. The same guidelines apply for divorces, separations, paternity cases, and domestic partnerships.
Read on to learn more about the California child support process, and contact a family lawyer when you’re ready.
Child support is one of the most important issues that any separating or divorcing couple has to confront. In California, the guidelines laid out in the family code use a specific—albeit complex— formula to determine what the obligations of the higher-earning spouse are to their counterpart.
The California family code establishes a couple of basic principles on child support. In the eyes of the state, the first and most important obligation that parents have is to their minor children, and all decisions made regarding child support will always center on the child’s best interests.
The obligation to provide for their children is one that both parents share and is based on factors like a parent’s income and their ability to spend time with the child.
Finally, among other principles, the family code acknowledges California’s high cost of living, which is often reflected in the amount of a child support order.
With that said, the three main factors that go into calculating the amount of child support that the higher-earning spouse pays to the other parent include:
The state of California has published a child support calculator that parents can use to get an idea of the amount of financial support to which they may be entitled based on the guidelines established by the California court.
If you’re facing a child support dispute, you can protect your rights and your children’s well-being by reaching out to an experienced family lawyer for help.
Safeguarding the best interests of your child is always the most important consideration after a divorce or separation. Whether you feel you need child support or may be asked to respond to an order for child support, a top-rated family law specialist with The Law Office of Laurence J. Brock can help.
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