Child support is the amount of money that a court orders a parent or both parents to pay every month to help pay for the support of the child (or children) and the child’s living expenses. Child support payments are usually made until children turn 18 (or 19 if they are still in high school full time, living at home, and cannot support themselves). Each parent is equally responsible for providing for the financial needs of his or her child. But the court cannot enforce this obligation until it makes an order for 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:
The child support order may also require the parents to share the costs for:
The guideline amount is presumed to be correct. The judge can only order something other than the guideline amount in very limited situations. To estimate how much child support the judge may order in your case, go to California Guideline Child Support Calculator.
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