Child Support in the State of California

How Child Support Works

When establishing a child support agreement, a California judge will calculate the amount required based on the income of both you and your spouse, including salaries, commissions, dividends, benefits and/or spousal support.

The judge will also take into account the following:

  • Each parent’s level of responsibility for the child
  • The best interest of the child
  • The standard of living for which the child has grown accustomed
  • The existing custody arrangement and the financial need(s) of the child

A California judge will consider you and your spouse’s gross income and apply a percentage to it based on the number of underage children you share. The court will then take the combined income of both parties and determine the portion that each of you must contribute. This figure is then divided proportionately pursuant to each party’s ability to pay child support, as well as which parent has primary custody.

California’ Income Shares Model

When it comes to figuring out how much you can expect to pay in child support, California’s Income Shares Model (ISM). The ISM calculates the amount of support that would have been available if your marriage had continued. This amount is then divided proportionally according to each parent’s income. This tool is relatively simple and straightforward.

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