Child Support


Child Support

In California there is a Guideline for child support, which has been codified in Family Code §§ 4050-4076.  The amount of support is presumptively correct and is based upon the following principals or goals:

  • A parent’s first and principal obligation is to support his or her minor children according to the parent’s circumstances and station in life.
  • Both parents are mutually responsible for the support of their children.
  • The Guideline takes into account each parent’s actual income and level of responsibility for the children.
  • Each parent should pay for the support of the children according to his or her ability.
  • The Guideline seeks to place the interests of children as the state’s top priority.
  • Children should share in the standard of living of both parents. Child support may therefore appropriately improve the standard of living of the custodial household to improve the lives of the children.
  • Child support orders in cases in which both parents have high levels of responsibility for the children should reflect the increased costs of raising the children in two homes and should minimize significant disparities in the children’s living standards in the two homes.
  • The financial needs of the children should be met through private financial resources as much as possible.
  • It is presumed that a parent having primary physical responsibility for the children contributes a significant portion of available resources for the support of the children.
  • The Guideline seeks to encourage fair and efficient settlements of conflicts between parents and seeks to minimize the need for litigation.
  • The Guideline is intended to be presumptively correct in all cases, and only under special circumstances should child support orders fall below the child support mandated by the Guideline formula.
  • Child support orders must ensure that children actually receive fair, timely, and sufficient support reflecting the California’s high standard of living and high costs of raising children compared to other states.

As you can see by the above factors, even though there is a presumptive “Guideline” for child support, child support is very complex.  You need a San Diego Family Law professional with the tools to provide detailed guidance through the court system.

Child Support Calculator

For your convenience we have provided the following child support calculator.*

* Although the produced values may be consistent with the calculations provided by the California Superior Court, this Support Calculator is provided for estimation purposes only.  Panagopoulos Embry P.C. makes no guarantees regarding its accuracy, and shall not accept any liability in conjunction with its volitional use by you. Given the complexity of the law and the multitude of variables which may influence any given child support YOU ARE ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH A QUALIFIED SAN DIEGO FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY TO OBTAIN ACCURATE, SPECIFIC LEGAL ADVICE, REGARDING YOUR CHILD SUPPORT AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, IF ANY.