At the Law Offices of Anat Resnik, we pride ourselves in assisting both men and women in negotiating child support agreements during divorce proceedings, litigating initial child support orders, as well as establishing child support in paternity actions.
Basics of Calculating Child Support in Los Angeles County
Both parents have an obligation to contribute toward the support of their minor child(ren). Generally, child support is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent because it is assumed that the custodial parent is already contributing considerable resources to the support of the child(ren). The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child resides the majority of the time. However, even when the parents have joint physical custody and the child resides an equal amount of time with each parent, the parent with the lower income may still be entitled to child support.
Child support must be paid until the child reaches the age of 18 years and graduates from high school. The law does not give judges authority to make a parent support a child beyond the age of 19, unless the child is physically or mentally disabled. However, parents can still agree that child support will continue into the college years, and such an agreement will be enforced by the Family Law Court.
Under California child support law, child support is determined using a special formula and calculated based on a computer program called the “Dissomaster”. Many factors are analyzed in this formula to determine the amount of child support payments, including both the gross incomes of the parents, the amount of time the child spends with the parents, the number of children, the cost of childcare and health insurance and certain other factors.
Child Support Attorney – Anat Resnik
Contact the Law Offices of Anat Resnik for a free child support telephone consultation to get an in depth understanding of California child support laws as they relate to you.