California courts use several criteria to make an appropriate determination for child support during a child support hearing. Below are some factors that are considered in a California child support case:
Courts in California calculate child support based on the income of both parents and other factors that include:
Click here to view the California Child Support Calculator. It is based on California Child Support Guidelines and can be used to estimate the amount of child support that may be ordered on your case. However, it is important to keep in mind that these are just guidelines. Actual determination of child support can be made more accurately by consulting with an experienced child support attorney.
Child support must be paid until the child becomes 18, unless the child has not graduated from high school. At this time, the law does not give judges the authority to make a parent support a child beyond the age of 19, unless the child is physically or mentally disabled. However, the parents can agree that child support is to continue into the college years, these agreements will be enforced by the Family Law Court.