California Courts & Child Support Calculation

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The California Model

California is one of forty-one states that uses the income shares model. California courts base this model on the idea that a child should receive the same proportion of parental income that he/she would have received if the parents lived together. The child support determinations are often made in consideration of specific factors, and so it can be important that you find a qualified attorney or support system of some kind to help guide you through the divorce process. Child support is often calculated based on state-created guidelines, but each family’s circumstances are different, so if you are in California, educate yourself on the possibilities and different paths you can take.

Relevant Factors

California courts consider how much money the parents earn, how many children the parents have together, the time-share of children, and many other factors. They also require parents to share the costs of child care, healthcare expenses, and educational needs. Changes to child support orders are made if there has been a significant change to a parent’s income or the amount of time they spend with their child(ren).

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