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How much will I pay in child support?

In California, child support is determined after a court looks into the amount of money each parent makes and then takes into consideration the time each parent spends with or will spend with each child. The less time a parent physically is with the child, the more money the parent will likely have to pay.

In determining the amount of child support a parent must pay, both parents must provide a disclosure of their income and must be fully forthcoming on that front. If either parent falsifies information, they risk penalties associated with a forgery charge.

Once income is disclosed, a judge will determine the amount of child support each parent pays based on somewhat simple calculations. These are based on how much money a parent has at his or her disposal after taxes, 401(k) and other contributions as well as insurance premiums, existing support for other children, and other approved and legitimate costs.

Other forms of income will also be taken into account. The judge typically looks at the cost of covering basic needs for the child or children. This accounts for food, clothing, shelter, any missed payments and interest accumulated on those, as well as health insurance.

While changes in income and circumstance can change the amount of a support obligation, both parents are responsible for the support of their children until they graduate high school and turn 18, otherwise, if they turn 19. Also, if a child dies, enlists in the military or marries, you are no longer obligated to pay child support.

It is always a wise decision to consult a family law attorney in California before attempting to modify any arrangement that is court-ordered. Even if your former spouse is in agreement, things may change, and you may be left in a precarious situation.

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