Barbara S. McRae 
Certified Mediator, Registered LDA 11-001

SUPPORT

California has a statewide formula (called a "guideline") for figuring out how much child support should be paid.

If parents cannot agree on child support, the judge will decide the child support amount based on the guideline calculation. 

The guideline calculation depends on:

  • How much money the parents earn or can earn;
  • How much other income each parent receives;
  • How many children these parents have together;
  • How much time each parent spends with their children (time-share);
  • The actual tax filing status of each parent;
  • Support of children from other relationships;
  • Health insurance expenses;
  • Mandatory union dues;
  • Mandatory retirement contributions;
  • The cost of sharing daycare and uninsured health-care costs; and
  • Other factors.

The child support order may also require the parents to share the costs for:

  • Child care to allow the parent to work or to get training or schooling for work skills;
  • Children’s reasonable health-care expenses;
  • Traveling for visitation from one parent to another;
  • Children’s educational needs; and
  • Other special needs.

Call me (916/771-4333) so that I can give you the "support guidelines" printout based on the information you give me and the court approved software program.  I charge $125 for the initial printout and $5 for each variation.  There is no charge if done as part of the "Divorce Package".  
I look forward to assisting you.

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