Child support is usually ordered to be paid by the non-custodial parent. Child support in California is based upon several factors and is different in each individual case. Child support does not begin to accrue until there has been a court order.
The major factors for computing child support are as follows:
- The primary custodial parent’s monthly income;
- The non-custodial parent’s monthly income;
- Their percentage of time that the non-custodial parent has custody of the minor child;
- If either parent has any other biological minor children from other relationships for whom they are liable for support;
In California, child support is calculated using a computer program called “Dissomaster”, it is not calculated only on a percentage of your wages. but on all of the facts above along with other factors.
After an order for child support has been rendered, there is a wage garnishment issued so that the non-custodial’s employer will garnish the wages of the non-custodial parent and the child support payments sent directly to the custodial parent.
The issue of child support can be modified (lowered or increased) through the court system until the child has attained the age of eighteen or, anytime that circumstances warrant it, i.e. changes in income and/or visitation , custody, etc.
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