Child Support Infomation

The Court may order either or both parents to pay any amount necessary to support a child that is under the age of 18, 19 if the child has not graduated high school, or indefinitely if the child is disabled.  Child support in California is generally based on guideline, meaning that support is based on the net disposable incomes of the parties, the number of children and the parent’s respective timeshares with the children.  In calculating the net disposable income the Court first ascertained the party’s gross income and then applies certain deductions.  The gross income of a party includes income from any source except income derived from child support payments received or any public assistance program where eligibility is based on need. These numbers are entered into a program and the guideline support number is generated.  In addition to the guideline child support, child care cost related to employment, education or training as well as reasonable uninsured health care costs will be added.  In addition to these costs, costs related to education, special needs, or travel expenses for visitation may also be added.  Nobody said children were cheap. 

Child support ends when the child reaches the age of 18, 19 if not graduated from high school, dies or becomes emancipated. 

This page was last updated: November 12, 2011
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