The purpose of child support is to ensure that the children’s financial needs are met in both homes. Child support is determined by a Guideline formula set forth in the California Family Code and is most often calculated by a computer. The formula takes into account several factors, including gross income of each party (which might be complicated to determine, especially for those parents who are self-employed or receive significant employment benefits), time spent with the children, the cost of health care and certain tax deductions.
Child support can be calculated in court or it can be determined outside of court, meaning that parents can decide how to best meet the needs of the children via a method of alternate dispute resolution. Our office is familiar with the various child support factors. We can identify those relevant to your case, provide advice on those factors and also run various scenarios using the same computer program as the court.
At Setzer Family Law we advise and educate you about this very important monetary issue for your family and we routinely assist clients in either settling this issue outside of court or in bringing the appropriate motion in court to obtain a child support order.