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How is Child Support Calculated in California?

The California Family Code sets forth a Statewide Uniform Guideline for Child Support. This Guideline is applied in divorces and parentage cases involving a minor child or a dependent adult child. California courts in each county use software that calculates support based on the criteria set forth in the Guideline. Relevant criteria include the amount of time a child spends with each parent and each parent's income. A child support amount may deviate from the Guideline calculations only if there is a good reason for doing so, such as one parent with such a large amount of income that it would result in an unreasonable amount of child support.

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Marie Comstock Marie Comstock is the managing partner of Comstock and Wagner. She co-founded the firm in 2011, with the goal of providing skilled and compassionate service to family law clients in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, and the Central Coast. Prior to Read More
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Stephen Wagner Stephen Wagner is a partner at Comstock & Wagner and has devoted his entire legal career to the practice of California Family Law. Steve is a California board-certified family law specialist and, in addition to his family law practice, he has taught… Read More

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