The split of a family can lead to the need for legal intervention on a number of fronts. When it comes to child support, seeking legal guidance may help a California family understand what could occur and what amount of support may be ordered by the family court system. Because each family is different and individual circumstances play a role in the outcome of any case, child support obligations can be affected by a number of factors.
The set formula for child support payments will depend on the income of the parents. This information will include the amount of actual money earned and the potential earning capacity of each parent. The tax bracket of a parent and filing status will also play a role in how much a parent may have to pay.
External factors aside from income that can affect an ordered amount can include retirement contributions that are mandatory. Also, if a child needs day care or certain health costs are required for the child, those expenses may affect the amount ordered. If a parent is supporting other children, that will also factor into a case.
California has specific calculations that can help parents get a good idea of what to expect in regard to child support. As for the individual factors that may also play a role in the final amount or if a modification of an amount may be warranted, legal guidance can provide some insight and clarification for individual situations. Our website has more information about support in general and what parents can expect as a child support case moves forward.