In a divorce, financial matters and those involving children are often the most disputed and emotionally heated subjects. Child support is one of these issues and is usually a controversial topic between divorcing couples.
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Child support payments are used to cover the costs of raising a child. These payments continue until the child turns 18 years old or graduates from high school, whichever occurs first. Generally, no child support can be ordered for a child who is 19 or older unless it is a special needs child.
Courts consider the following factors when determining child support:
California uses a very specific formula when it comes to calculating child support. This formula is as follows:
CS = K (HN= (H%)(TN))
- CS = Child support amount
- K = Combined total of both parents’ income to be allocated for child support
- HN = Net monthly income of the higher-earning parent
- H% = Approximate percentage of time the high earner has primary physical responsibility for the child
- TN = Combined total net monthly income of both parents
The amount of child support can vary from this formula in special circumstances, whether both parents agree on a different amount or the court decides that a circumstance requires more or less child support. In order to ensure that you pay or receive the child support that you deserve, you need an experienced San Jose child support attorney on your side.
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