Here's the formula, in all its glory: CS = K[HN - (H%)(TN)]
CS = The total amount of child support.
K = The amount of both parents' income to be allocated for child support.
HN = The high earner's net monthly disposable income.
H% = The higher earner's approximate time of physical responsibility for the children
TN = The parties' total monthly net income.
Fortunately, the State of California has created a basic child support estimation tool online. You can find that calculator here.
Please note several caveats. First, the court is authorized under some circumstances to deviate from this calculation. Second, the calculator is only as accurate as the input, so even where a court adheres to the calculation, if your estimation of the numbers is incorrect (or a different amount is litigated and decided by a judge) the result may be different. Third, there are varois increases and deductions that might impact the final amount of child support. Fourth, and most importantly, parent's have the right to negotiate their own child support payments. If you and your former spouse can agree upon a monthly support amount, and can show that this alternative support amount is in the best interests of the child(ren), then the judge will likely find the alternative amount satisfactory.
All of this can be confusing. If you're negotiating child support payments and would like help, please call us at 760-472-3193, email John or Dina or contact us through our form on the Contact Us page of our website.
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Beach & Niman, LLP