Determining How Much Child Support Is Right For Your Situation

Child support in California is based on a mathematical formula that takes into account factors like parental income, custody split, parenting time agreements and the age of the child. But for many parents, leaving their child’s welfare and needs to a mathematical formula isn’t enough.

Whether you expect to pay or receive child support, you’ll have questions. We can help you make sure your rights are being protected and respected, while guiding you through the child support process.

What Goes Into California’s Child Support Formula?

The biggest factor that goes into calculating child support is a parent’s net disposable income. However, other factors play a role too, including:

  • The number of children in need of child support
  • The custody agreement
  • Any prior child support agreements, including with from previous marriages or relationships
  • Relevant costs, including those related to health care and day care

However, every relationship and every situation is different. A knowledgeable attorney can help review your documents and circumstances and make sure that you’re in an equitable situation.

How We Can Help

As a Certified Family Law Specialist, Catherine M. Goodrow is up-to-date with developments in California’s child support laws. As the current director of the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS), she regularly hosts seminars that focus on child support and related financial issues. We’re up to speed on the cases and laws that are applicable to your situation.

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