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Q: child support ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: child support
Category: Relationships and Society > Law
Asked by: sdsusanna-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 25 Jul 2006 14:53 PDT
Expires: 24 Aug 2006 14:53 PDT
Question ID: 749466
I would like to know how much child support I would be entitled to if
I have one child, custody 5-6 days a week, live in California and both
parents are working making aprx the same amount of income ~ $45.000 a
year?  My husband, father of child, are still legally married but have
been separated for 8 years.  He has never paid for child support but
has paid for daycare & braces.  Daycare will no longer be an expense
and I feel that since we are now getting divorced, that I am entitled
to some amount of child support.
Subject: Re: child support
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 25 Jul 2006 15:26 PDT
Hi sdsusanna,

Child support in California is calculated using an algebraic formula, since 1992.

The formula that is used is:

CS= K [HN- (H%) (TN)]

CS= child support awarded
K= factor of both parents' income. This varies depending on number of
children supported.

HN= high earner's net disposable income

H%= high earner's approximate percentage of time spent with children

TN = both parents' combined total net disposable income.

"Deductions include, state and federal income taxes, FICA
contributions, union dues, retirement benefits, disability and health
insurance premiums, and job related expenses. Child or spousal support
actually paid under a court order to someone who is not a subject of
the award being calculated may be deducted. In absence of a court
order, child support paid in guideline amount for children not
residing with the parent and are not the subject of the award being
calculated may also be deducted. A "hardship," as defined by the
Family Code, is not deducted from child support but is deducted from
the income of the party with the hardship."

The amount of child support awarded with this formula is presumed to
be correct. However, it can be negated by the parents determining a
different amount, one parent making an exceedingly high income that
would reward a much higher support than is needed by the children,
special medical needs of the children, the child support payer having
a very low income level, or one parent having a much higher housing
cost than the other.

After calculating you and your husband's monthly net income, you
should be able to plug the numbers into the formula and get the proper

Search terms:
california child support

I hope this helps you and if you need any clarification, let me know
and I'll be glad to help.

Subject: Re: child support
From: czh-ga on 25 Jul 2006 16:23 PDT
Hello sdsusanna-ga,

Here are some calculators to help you follow keystroke-ga's instructions.
California Child Support Calculator
California Child Support Calculator
California Department of Child Support Services

Good luck.

~ czh ~

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