A variety of states handle child support calculations in different ways. In California, a process is used known as the income shares model. In this process, the court bases child support on the income of both parents as well as how many children they have. For instance, what if one parent makes $3,000 a month and another makes $2,500? Together, they have a shared income of $5,500. From there, the court will look at what it costs to raise their children and come up with a total monthly support obligation based on such.
However, you should not always trust that the court will use one of these methods in your case. Sometimes they deviate from the standard because there are other unique circumstances involved in the case, from the specific needs of the child, the child’s standard of living before the divorce, and the ability of a parent to pay child support. If one parent pays child support for two or more families, this may also come under consideration. As you can see, every situation is unique, which is why it is important to have an attorney.
When you are working with an attorney to get to the bottom of your child support needs, you will probably fill out a financial statement. This will give the court a better look into both financial situations before making a decision that could have a direct impact on your family. The court may also look at the pre-divorce standard of living and attempts to continue this standard of living for the children involved.
If you believe that the child support judgment is unfair on either end, you will also need an attorney to help you through this time. A hearing will be held for the court to determine modification based on a change of circumstances in your case. If you need help with your case, give us a call today. We are here for you.