Calculating Child Support in California
The calculation of the amount of child support in California is determined by a number of factors. Any child support payment includes the basic child support and health insurance coverage. There are other extra mandatory child support payments as well.
Factors influencing support calculations
There are mainly 4 factors that influence calculating the amount that is to be paid as support.
- The number of children who are permitted to receive child support.
- The parenting time or visitation right or custodial rights of each parent with the child.
- The net disposable income of each parent. But computer software programs such as X-spouse and Dissomaster consider your gross income to determine how much can be set aside for child support.
- In case there is more than 1 child, the youngest child receives the full amount of support an only child would have received. The other child or children is given an amount based on downward adjustment of the support amount.
Mandatory health insurance coverage
Every child receives a mandatory medical support from either or both the parents as long as the health insurance is free or is available at a reasonable premium. The health insurance should include medical, vision and dental coverage. Most commonly, group health insurance policies received at employment are the most reasonable of health insurances to be used in child support.
Mandatory child support extras or add-ons
- Health care costs of the child that are uninsured are generally divided equally between the parents. California child support laws say not paying uninsured health care costs is akin to not paying child support. But payment of uninsured health care costs can be challenged in court which opens up scope for heavy litigation of such instances. All reasonable and necessary uninsured healthcare costs (those that are not related to cosmetic procedures) have to be shared by both parents.
- A parent may be asked to pay an additional amount in support if the child needs special schooling or goes to a private school. But such costs are not needed if the child suddenly makes a transfer from a public to a private school. The parent’s ability to pay such costs will definitely be taken into consideration.
- Travel expenses may have to be paid if the child has to travel a great distance to be with the noncustodial parent with visitation rights or the other way round.
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