When parents are going through the child support process for the first time, they might be concerned whether the amount of child support that is ordered is going to be fairly determined. Here we explain how the courts make child support decisions that are in the child’s best interests.
How is the Amount of Child Support Needed Determined?
California child support is calculated using a formula that takes into account several different aspects of the lives of both parents and the child. To avoid potential problems associated with child support, each parent is allowed to provide all the relevant evidence needed to ensure this calculation is made fairly. However, in some cases, a judge can make a ruling that goes against the child support figure determined by the calculation.
To determine the level of child support that is to be paid by an individual the family court of a county will look to the California Family Code for the guidelines regarding child support payments.
The overall principle required to calculate child support payments is made concerning several different principles, including:
- Providing sufficient support to the child
- Ensuring both parents assume their responsibilities
- Standard of living
- Age and health of both parents
- How much time each parent spends with the child
- Anything else deemed relevant
After considering these factors and taking into account almost every aspect of the child support formula, the court will be left with the final amount. If you are concerned you are not going to be receiving a fair amount of support or that will be paying an unfair portion in your child support case, seek legal advice from a Folsom County child support attorney immediately.
The experienced attorneys at Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, P.C. are here to guide parents through the complicated process of determining child support payments to ensure their rights, and more importantly, their children’s best interests are being protected.
Call us today at (916) 794-4576 to speak to our child support attorneys.