When it comes to child support matters, each parent is expected to provide for the children. If the child’s parents are not married, then the court will issue an order regarding support payments that are intended to provide the custodial parent with the necessary resources to provide for the child.

At Stolar Law Group, our child support attorneys in Beverly Hills can explain the child support guidelines and how they will affect your specific situation. Family courts follow standard state guidelines for child support. The court has the discretion, however, to stray from or to waive the guidelines if a child’s special needs or a parent’s special circumstances suggest a more equitable arrangement.

In most situations, the calculation of child support is based on factors such as:

  • The incomes of both parents
  • The amount of time the child spends at each residence

Frequently asked questions:

How child support calculated?

Child support is typically calculated based on a formula that considers the income of both parents, the number of children, and the state-specific guidelines. Factors such as health care costs, childcare expenses, and the child's standard of living may also be considered.

Are college expenses factored into child support?

In California, child support orders typically do not include a specific provision for college expenses. However, parents may agree to include college expenses in their child support agreement or seek a separate order for these expenses. Additionally, California law allows parents to enter into agreements regarding the payment of college expenses, which may be enforced by the court.

Are day care costs factored into child support?

Daycare costs are often included in the calculation of child support. The amount each parent is required to contribute is based on their income and the overall childcare expenses.

How is child support determined for high-wage earners?

Child support for high-wage earners is typically calculated based on the same formula as for other parents, but may result in higher payments due to the higher income.

Does child support look different for the self-employed?

Child support for self-employed individuals can be more complex, as their income may fluctuate. In such cases, the court may look at the parent's income over a period of time to determine an appropriate amount.

How is child support determined if the parents are unmarried?

Unmarried parents are generally required to provide child support in the same way as married parents. The amount is based on the same factors, such as income and childcare expenses.

How long does child support last?

Child support typically lasts until the child reaches the age of majority, which is usually 18 years old. However, it may continue beyond that if the child has special needs or is still in school.

What to do after receiving a summons and complaint

If you receive a summons and complaint for child support, it is important to respond promptly. You may need to appear in court and provide information about your income and expenses. At this time, it is best to secure an experienced family law attorney to help you navigate your upcoming court appearance. 

How is child support determined for children with special needs?

Child support for special needs children may continue beyond the age of majority if the child is unable to support themselves due to a disability. The amount and duration of support will depend on the child's needs and the circumstances of the parents.