How is Child Support Calculated in California?

In the event of a divorce, each parent is responsible to pay child support to support the child when the marriage ends.

The following factors are considered to calculate child support:

  • Each parent's gross income
  • The number of children that the parents have together
  • How much time each parent spends with each child
  • Mandatory payroll deductions, including health insurance and pensions
  • Each parent's contribution to child care costs
  • Any children from a previous marriage
  • The income of a new spouse if either of the parents have remarried

When the court figures out the proper amount, the judge will determine which parent is responsible for making monthly payments. If a noncustodial parent wishes to modify the child support order, he/she must experience a “significant material change in circumstances,” such as the paying parent losing his/her job. If the financial loss is substantial, the court can modify the court order to what the parent can afford until he/she obtains employment.

If you are interested in filing for divorce in Riverside County , contact Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich and request a free consultation with our experienced family law attorney today.


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