How does the court determine a child support amount?

How does the court determine a child support amount?

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In California, child support orders are determined using guidelines established established in state law. The guidelines are based on various factors such as the monthly income of both parents, the amount of time the child spends with each parent, and the existence of other children within each household. When opening, or responding to the opening, of a child support case, each parent must complete an Income and Expense declaration and provide proof of income. The court considers income from all sources, whether or not it is reported or taxed under federal law. The income can be in the form of money, property or services. Welfare payments and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are not included as income. Many other factors may be taken into consideration when presented to the court. If you have received a Summons and Complaint and disagree with the proposed amount of child support, you have the opportunity to respond—which must be within 30 days—to tell the court any facts which could change the amount ordered to be paid. Your local child support agency can help you with the paperwork to explain circumstances that could affect your case, including: •Custody and visitation • Income • Employment/lack of employment
• Workers’ compensation • Disability status • Marital status • Changes to your family size • Incarceration • Health insurance coverage • Military status Or
• Work related child care costs Providing this information may benefit you and could change the amount you are expected to pay.
To avoid or minimize any adverse enforcement actions that may be taken, a parent who cannot make the full payments should contact their local child support agency as soon as possible at 866-901-3212

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