IS THERE AN OBLIGATION TO PAY?
Earning a lot of money does not automatically make a parent financially responsible for a child. No matter how much you or the other parent of your child earn, you must determine there is a legal responsibility for child support.
This determination can involve opening a case and identifying the parent, which could require paternity tests or acknowledgment of paternity.
It is also important to note that parents cannot waive child support in California. In other words, even if parents can both afford to care for a child, they generally cannot decide not to pay or receive support. This is because it is a child’s right to receive support from both parents, and waiving child support is typically not in a child’s best interests.
WHAT IS A FAIR CALCULATION?
Whether you go to court for a ruling or you can negotiate the amount yourselves, parties must take this issue seriously and focus on securing an order that meets their child’s needs and is realistic for both parents.