What are the California Child Support Guidelines?
As a firm specializing in Family Law, we receive lots of questions regarding the guidelines for child support in the state of California. At Bansmer Law we understand that dealing with any aspect of Family Law can seem overwhelming. With so many difficult decisions to be made regarding your family and more specifically your children, it can be difficult to know when you’re making the right choice. Our team of Family Law experts are prepared to answer any questions or concerns you may have and walk you through the entire child support process.
What is Child Support?
By law child support is defined as the continuous routine of monetary payments needed to cover the living and medical expenses of a child or children. According to the courts it is the legal duty for both parents to participate in financially supporting their children. In some instances the court must order a parent to assume those responsibilities voluntarily or through forced wage garnishment.
One of the most common questions our clients ask is “Who determines the amount of child support paid and how is that amount calculated?”
Each state employs specific guidelines to determine the amount of child support ordered. In the state of California these guidelines are set by law. The amount of child support ordered is based on a strict calculation of each parent’s income and the allotted time that child is in the care of each parent. There are several forms of income factored into the calculation, including wages, property,commissions, bonuses, rental income and more. For a more in-depth list of considered income types visit California Child Support Services.Back to blog home