Description: This is an article about child support login, which shows you how California deals with child support and how child support is computed. Child support in California is calculated based on two factors, gross income and timeshare.
My name is Andy. Welcome to my office in Modesto California. I’m an attorney licensed to practice law in California as well as New York. Today I’m going to go over how California deals with child support. I’m going to go over how child support is computed.
In California I get a lot of fathers who come to me asking that I have to pay child support, how does it computed? I have all these bills that I have to pay, rent, car payment, insurance and all that stuff, does the court account for that? The answer unfortunately is no.
Child support in California is computed primarily based on two factors, there are other factors that affect it a little bit but overwhelmingly it’s based on two factors, the first factor is each parent’s gross income, for most people that’s going to be their income from work.
Paychecks will help prove that if they get overtime, that will be included as well, if they get a pension, if they get any type of regular dividend, that’s rare, but wages, commissions, overtime and pension will be included, it will be included for both mother and father.
I usually get a follow-up question that is why doesn’t the court allow me to deduct my rent, my credit card bill or all that stuff? That’s the way the rules are, gross income is not net income, however there are some deductions that apply.
I’ll continue with my example for fathers for instance, the most common one that I see is that if father has a kid from a prior relationship that he’s paying child support on, but he has a new kid that he’s going to pay child support on, this new kid is going to be the subject of a case.
The child support for this kid will be reduced a little bit because they another kid over here that he’s paying child support on already, so the reduction is not going to be dollar-for-dollar, there will be a slight deduction for that, other kind of deductions is if father has union dues that he has to pay or health insurance that he has to pay.
Normally those are not going to be real big, they’ll add up to a couple of dollars here and there, but the big expenses like credit card bill, gas, food and all the type of stuff generally are not going to be included in child support computations.
The second factor that California uses primarily to determine child support is called timeshare, timeshare is a fancy word of saying what percentage of time this child spends with father and what percentage of the time the child spends with mother.
The timeshare is the percentage of time the kid spends with mother and the kid spends with father, you take the timeshare figure and you take the gross income for each parent, you type it into a computer program, the computer program will spit out what child support is going to be.
In the computer program, there are several of them, there’s one called x-spouse, I’m going to link x-spouse down below for those of you who are interested, there’s another program called dissomaster, these programs generally are going to be available at the courthouse that you have your case at.
Keep in mind it’s a public kind of resource, there might be a line, the program might not work, the computer might be broken, those are the two programs primarily that I have seen courts used to compute child support, I’m also going to link in the California Department of child support calculator down below as well.
It attempts to do what DISA master and ex-spouse do, if you want to use a back-of-the-envelope calculation, I guess you like a very quick calculation to see what your child support is going to be, the California child support calculator generally is going to be fairly good for that.
The best thing is that the child support calculator that I’m going to link down below is free, you generally have to pay for dissomaster and x-spouse unless you can find a free copy at your local courthouse that happens to work for you.
Hopefully that makes sense in California, to summarize when you compute child support in California there are two factors that are used primarily, number one is going to be each parent’s gross income minor deductions for previous children, union dues, health insurance, you generally do not get deductions for things like rent, credit card payments, fuel or food.
The second figure that child support depends on is timeshare, the percentage of time the kid spends with mother and percentage of time the kid spends with father, you take all that information, you type it into the computer and the computer will spit out a figure for you.
This is what child support is for this kid, hopefully that makes sense, in the next passage I’m going over judges discretion on child support as well, the figure that the computer program will spit out is a guideline figure and that’s meant to be uniform across the entire state of California.
The kid technically gets no advantage or disadvantage living in the big city or living in the rural countryside, the judges can sometimes go below guideline support, hopefully it wasn’t too confusing, two factors you need to remember are gross income of each parent and percentage of time that the kid spends with each parent.
Those two figures generally will give you a starting point at which child support can be reduced if the judge feels that it’s necessary. Hopefully that makes sense. Thanks.