Legal Representation For Child Support Issues In A California Divorce

When going through a divorce, the best interests of the children is always a top priority. That's true for California law, and that's true for us at Ratzer Family Law. Our goal is always to get you the best possible outcome for you and your children.

Ratzer Family Law is a well-established, experienced and knowledgeable law firm serving families throughout Solana Beach, California, and San Diego County. Our lawyers work for your family — which means that, while we're experts at litigation, we look first to mediate disputes and reach an agreement that leaves you financially stable.

California Child Support Laws

In the state of California, both parents are considered responsible for the support of their child, and the law wants the child to be a part of both parents lives.

The amount of child support that will be ordered in your case is based, in part, on how much time each parent spends with the child and how much is required to pay for the child's resources. The amount determined by the courts is meant to close the income gap between both parents and reflects the cost of living in Southern California. Typically, child support obligations end when the child turns 18, unless he or she is still in high school and living with a parent, in which case it extends until they turn 19.

How Is Child Support Determined?

There is a specific formula that California law uses to dictate how much child support should be. It looks like this:

CS = K[HN – (H%)(TN)]

This formula may look complicated, but it essentially uses a few different factors to calculate the child support payments. Those factors are:

  • The number of children receiving support
  • The amount of time each parent has with the children
  • The amount of each parent's income

These calculations are produced by a computer program, called Dissomaster, and courts are required to use the number calculated by the program. The number, however, can be negotiated if both parents agree to a higher or lower amount, or if there is sufficient evidence to conclude that the amount produced by the program was inappropriate. The court will be quicker to grant a negotiation of a higher amount than a lower amount, but there are exceptions that are made.

Going through a divorce is stressful — looking out for yourself, your children and your best interests can be difficult without the proper support network. At Ratzer Family Law, our attorneys will be there for you, take the time to understand your situation always be available to answer your questions and concerns. Contact us online or call 858-925-8099 today to find out how we can help you.