Normally child support is based on the Income & Expenses Declarations of the parties as well as the percentage of custodial time.
DISCLAIMER: This answer is provided solely for informational purposes only. This answer does not constitute legal advice, create an attorney-client relationship, or constitute attorney advertising. Liewen Law is fully compliant with every State and Federal Law, including California SB 94 and the related Civil Code Sections, as well as the FTC Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Final Rule. Liewen Law is a debt relief agency helping consumers file for bankruptcy relief under the United States Bankruptcy Code. Liewen Law maintains this website for marketing and informational purposes only. None of the information or materials on this site is legal advice. Nothing on this or associated pages, documents, comments, answers, emails, or other communications should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. Said information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing of this information does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. While we make every effort to keep this site accurate and up to date, we do not guarantee its accuracy and are not responsible for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions.
It is based upon the relative income and expenses of the parties in addition to the percentage of time spent with the noncustodial parent.
Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on, as each situation is fact specific, and it is not possible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the facts and court pleadings filed in the case. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship.
California has a statewide formula (called a "guideline") for figuring out how much child support should be paid. The parents can agree on amount without asking for the court's intervention. When the parents cannot agree the judge makes the calculation using the state's guidelines. The guideline calculation is based on several factors but primarily is based on the percentage of custody and each of the parent's income. The judge can consider other factors when calculating the support amount such as the expenses and/or mandatory deductions to the parties' income and viceversa the judge can also consider extra income such as investment income, rental income, gambling winnings, etc. If one of the parents (or both) have other kids to support it will be taking into consideration as well as if one of you is facing special hardships or if the child requires special needs care. As you can see there are variables so it's always better to consult with an attorney. If you cannot afford one you can ask for assistance from the child support services department in your county. If his answer is helpful and/or the best answer, please check the appropriate box below. It will be greatly appreciated
Sign up to receive a 3-part series of useful information and advice about child custody law.