CA Family Code §4053 provides that, “a parent’s first and principal obligation is to support his or her minor children according to the parent’s circumstances and station in life and that both parents are mutually responsible for the support of their children.”
In other words, the more money you make, the more child support you will likely be required to pay, depending also on the custodial timeshare, i.e., what percentage of time each parent has physical custody of the children.
For this reason, you always want to hire an attorney to represent you who knows California child support law well and is committed to arriving at a successful outcome for you.
In determining the amount of child support, California adheres to the guidelines spelled out in CA Family Code §§4050–4076. These guidelines state that child support is determined by the ability of both parents to provide for the child or children. If one parent has a higher standard of living than the other parent, the court may require the wealthier parent to pay a higher amount.
Our attorneys will discuss your situation with you and offer the advice and representation you need to protect your rights and interests.
California courts employ standard child support calculations to fashion a fair and appropriate child support plan. This methodology takes into consideration:
Gross income of both parents
Total net monthly disposable income of both parents
Percentage of time the spouse considered the higher earner will actually have physical custody of the child/children
Maya Shulman is available to help you understand how this process works and what variables will affect your case.