Being a California based company, we here at SupportPay know the ins and outs of the child support laws in California. Each state has different child support laws – you can find out more about them, and all the information you need, in our child support state resources section here. California child support is no exception, and is actually home to some of the more difficult to comprehend child support laws in the country. Here are five questions about California child support that we’d like to answer.
- Is there a cap on child support payments in California? – California is one of the few states that does not put a cap on how much child support a parent has to pay. The amount you have to pay in California is a legal calculation based on wages and income, custody time, and other key factors. We recommend visiting our child support calculator for California, found here.
- Can the receiver of child support in California use the money on items/goods that aren’t directly related to childcare? – The answer in short is yes. The laws in California do not stipulate how and in what ways your child support payments are being used. SupportPay, however, makes tracking where child support payments are going, much easier. If you’re paying child support, you can log into the tool and request that the other parent log in to track their purchases and where the child support is going. This gives the payer peace of mind – but it also builds a better co-parenting relationship.
- Does child support in California continue on through college? No – once the child turns 18, the payer is absolved of financial obligations under the law. However, if the child is still in high school, child support will run through age 19, or graduation, whichever comes first.
- How does having multiple children affect payments in California? – The calculation is the same. If you go to our child support calculator for California, you will still have to owe an amount per child, dependent on the number of children you have with your ex.
- What types of income can be included in the payment calculation? Any and all income can be included in the child support payment calculation. Depending on the way a business structures its deductions, a business deduction may not count toward the overall income.
Whether you are paying or receiving child support in California or any other state in the US, there is an easy way to manage the process. SupportPay automates the process and gives you one place to track, monitor, and manage your child support payments. And for a limited time, it’s free for the first 30 days. Try it today.