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Child Support in California

child support in california

In divorce, there are many issues to consider and obstacles to overcome. One of the most important issues facing divorcing couples is what to do with the children. Along with fighting for child custody and visitation rights, many fathers face paying child support after divorce.

When one parent obtains primary custody of children during the divorce, California law requires the other parent to help provide for the needs of the children in the form of child support. If you are involved in a divorce and may have to pay child support, it is important that you seek the help of a divorce and child support attorney like those at Men’s Legal Center.

How is California Child Support Calculated?

The amount of child support you will be required to pay is determined by the California divorce court or by the California Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). Generally, the parent who has primary physical custody of the children will receive monthly payments. These payments are intended to help support and pay for the basic needs of the children, which can include food, shelter, clothing and medical expenses. The purpose of child support is to help provide for the children as if the divorce had not occurred.

The amount a parent is required to pay depends on several factors, including:

  • The non-custodial parent’s monthly net income
  • The custodial parent’s monthly net income
  • Percentage of time that the non-custodial parent has physical responsibility for the children
  • How much each parent contributes to health insurance premiums
  • Any available income tax deductions

The child support is usually paid by way of a wage assignment and mandatory payroll deductions until the child reaches 18 years of age.

How a Child Support Attorney Can Help You

If you have a divorce or a family law case and there are children involved, it is important to act immediately to protect yourself as well as your kids. Speak with a knowledgeable child support attorney at the Men’s Legal Center today.

We can help you negotiate a better custody agreement and help you if you are facing high child support payments. We have extensive experience helping men and other non-custodial parents work toward fair child custody and child support results. Whether you are facing divorce or a family law matter, contact the Men’s Legal Center to schedule your initial consultation today.