Child Support – How Do You Know How Much Support is Owed?

Child Support – How Do You Know How Much Support is Owed?

Child Support is money owed to the custodial parent from the non custodial parent on behalf of the child to cover the expenses for the wants and needs of the child. It can be the mother or the father that receives child support, whomever is the legal custodial guardian of the child.

How Child Support is Computed 

The amount is decided by the family law court called the “guideline child support.” This number is decided by comparing and evaluating the tax filings of each parent, as well as the amount of time each parent has with the child.

It is important to understand that child support is income driven, not expense driven. Most family lay attorneys have and use the software that the courts use, and will be able to compute it for you with input form you such as your income, your ex’s income, health insurance payments and tax filing status.

Child Support May Be Reviewed or Updated

If one or the other parents financial situation changes, you may file an Order to Show Cause and have the courts re evaluate the current child support agreement. Courts have ultimate deciding power and may increase or decrease the child support payment based on these findings.

California law states that this should be paid before any other expenses. This should be paid monthly until the child reaches the age of 18, is emancipated or dies. Child support is owed until it is paid in full. Interest is applied to arrears at a rate of 10% each year.

To help you understand your rights and options as well as to protect yourself and your family, you need to speak with a family law attorney in your area.

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