Child Support

Ensure the decision was truly in the best interest of the child

Temecula Child Support Attorneys

Determining Child Support in CA

If you live in California and are in need of child support, speak to the talented group at Holstrom, Block & Parke, a Professional Law Corporation, in Temecula today. Child support is a tricky subject and tends to be the center of many family law disputes.

Once a divorce takes place, the emotional and financial welfare of any children involved becomes the main priority of the courts. In the state of California, child support is determined by a set of guidelines that considers many factors, including time spent with the child and total income-to-debt ratio. If you believe that you are owed child support, or that your current support judgment needs modification, call our office right away.

How to Determine Child Support in California?

Courts in California calculate child support based on the income of both parents and other factors as listed below.

Income Sources

  • Allowances
  • Conjugal Support
  • Commissions
  • Wages
  • Overtime
  • Salaries
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Workers’ compensation benefits

Child Support Factors

  • The parents’ level of responsibility for the minor
  • Who can meet the child’s interest the most
  • Standard of living of the child
  • Custodial arrangement
  • Financial needs of the child
  • Any other relevant factors
  • Add a child to the parent’s health care coverage – if a non-custodial parent has access to health insurance, a California court might expect a parent to contribute.
  • Contribute to high-cost healthcare expenses

You can also reference the California Child Support Calculator. It is based on California Child Support Guidelines and can be used to estimate the amount of child support that may be ordered in your case. However, it is important to keep in mind that these are just guidelines. The actual determination of child support can be made more accurately by consulting with an experienced child support attorney. To learn more, we encourage you to give us a call today.

How Long Is Child Support Supposed to Be Paid?

Child support must be paid until the child turns 18 unless the child has not graduated from high school. Current California law does not force child support to continue beyond the age of 19, that is, unless a child is physically or mentally disabled. Nonetheless, two parents can formally agree to continue child support through college, and if such an agreement is made, the Family Law Court can and will enforce it.

Gain Straightforward & Compassionate Advocacy

We work to help you remember that child support is not about what one parent owes the other, but what is fair and appropriate for the child’s continued way of life. This thinking, which is strictly followed by the family court system in California, leads to decisions that are unbiased and truly in the best interest of the child.

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