Child support is calculated using a Statewide Guideline Formula that is used by all family law attorneys and judges. Once the court makes a finding of a Guideline Child Support, the amount may not be increased or decreased without a very good reason such as a change in incomes or the parenting time.
How is Spousal Support Calculated
Spousal Support is the highest litigated issue in Family Law because it is based upon several factors and the order is completely up to the judge unless the issue is agreed upon by the parties. Some of the many factors used in calculating spousal support include the marital standard of living, marketable skills of the parties, duration of marriage, need for support, ability to pay support, criminal convictions and/or documented domestic violence.
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For additional information about support issues and family law cases, please visit the San Diego Superior Court's Website and click the Family: