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California Child Support Factors

Either parent may be ordered to pay an amount necessary for the support, maintenance, and education of the child. Child support payments may be awarded on a temporary basis during custody or child support proceedings. There is a mandatory minimum amount of child support which is determined by official forms which are available from the County Clerk of any county. These minimum payment amounts will apply unless there is a reasonable agreement between the parents providing otherwise that states that: (1) the parents state that they are fully informed of their rights regarding child support under California law; (2) that the child support amount is being agreed to without coercion or duress; (3) that both parents declare that their children’s needs will be adequately met; and (4) that the right to child support has not been assigned to the county and that no public assistance is pending. A parent may be required to provide medical insurance coverage for a child if such coverage is available at a reasonable cost. An applicant for child support must complete and submit to the court: (1) an application for an expedited child support order; (2) an income and expense declaration from both parents; (3) a worksheet setting forth the basis of the amount of child support requested; and (4) a proposed expedited child support order. The parent required to pay may be required to give reasonable security for the support payments. In addition, there are detailed and extensive statutory provisions in California relating to the securing of child support payments. Please consult the statutes directly if this is an important factor. [Annotated California Code; Sections 3024, 3622, 4001, 4050, Judicial Council Forms, and California Rules of Court].

California child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate California child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate California child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about California child support in the California state statutes located at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/.