Calculating Child Support

Calculating Child Support in California

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How is child support calculated in California? If you are going through a divorce or have divorced recently, this question may have been weighing on your mind. At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, our Murrieta child support lawyers can help you eliminate the guesswork, get a clear understanding of child support calculations, and provide representation if the matter runs into a legal hurdle.

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Nuances of Child Support Formulas

Calculating child support in California is not exactly a straightforward process. Even online calculators provided by the California Department of Child Support Services can be incorrect and usually require a careful assessment from a family law attorney to finalize.

Variables that can affect child support calculations include:

  • Monthly net income of both parents
  • Number of children
  • Monthly alimony or child support from other relationships
  • Health insurance premiums of both parents
  • Division of parenting time

In California, net monthly income is any and all money that a parent receives. This is not limited to only what is counted in state and federal taxes, or what is reported on paychecks. When you are calculating child support, you must take wages, tips, commissions, bonuses, insurance benefits, and more into account to get an accurate number. If you suspect that your ex-spouse is hiding income to avoid paying you more child support each month, tell your attorney right away.

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Calculating child support payments can be a tricky and touchy subject. No one wants to know that their child is uncomfortable due to minimized payments, but spouses can understandably want to resist paying “too much” to their ex. To help find a balanced middle ground that cares for your child and leaves all parties satisfied, contact our compassionate and knowledgeable Temecula & Murrieta family law attorneys today.