How Is Child Support Calculated in California?

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A guide to California's child support rules.

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How is Child Support Calculated in California? A Guide to California’s Child Support Rules

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UNDERSTANDING CHILD SUPPORT

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Child support is paid any time a child is not being raised together by two parents

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Child support is based on the premise that it is each child’s fundamental right to receive support from both his mother and his father

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Child support cannot be waived in a prenuptial agreement and a parent may be required to pay child support even if he or she has no visitation or contact with the children

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A Standard Formula is Used

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A standard formula is used to determine the amount of child support a parent in California must pay

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Child support is generally not independently negotiated in a divorce settlement as the formula is used to ensure every child gets the support he or she needs

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Any attempts to deviate from the standard formula would need to be justified

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A lesser child support payment than determined by the formula would generally not be permitted although a parent could pay more support than is required

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A Calculator Determines Your Support Obligation

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Because the formula used to determine the amount of child support required is a complex formula, a calculator is used to determine the amount of support that a parent must pay

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The calculator is called the Dissomaster

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The variables relevant to your situation must be entered into the Dissomaster , which will determine the support obligation

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Factors that affect child support

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A variety of different factors are used in California’s child support formula to determine the amount that must be paid

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These factors include:

The Number of Children You Have is Important:

The Number of Children You Have is Important

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The number of children you have is also a factor in the amount of support that you are required to pay

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If you have children from a prior marriage or relationship that you are already paying support to, this will be taken into account when using the Dissomaster calculator

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The more children you have, the larger the support obligation

A Child’s Special Needs Are a Factor:

A Child’s Special Needs Are a Factor

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If your child has special needs that result in more costly care, such as in situations where your child is disabled, this is taken into account when calculating your child support obligations

You Must Pay the Required Child Support Amount:

You Must Pay the Required Child Support Amount

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Once the appropriate amount of child support is determined, a child support order will be created

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You must pay the required amount of child support or could face consequences including:

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Child support payments are often deducted directly from your paycheck and paid out to the recipient parent

What If You Need to Change Your Child Support Payments?:

What If You Need to Change Your Child Support Payments?

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If you need to make a change to your child support payments, you will need to petition to have the support order changed

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There must be a material change in circumstances in order for your child support obligations to be altered

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An experienced divorce and family law attorney should be consulted to assist with changing your child support obligations

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