California child support laws protect and provide support for children involved in dissolution of marriage, relationship or partnership in order to ensure they receive the best possible care and education, regardless of either parent’s relationship to the other. Different circumstances determine how parents will file for child support, which is the monetary amount determined by the courts that one parent, or both, pay every month to cover the child’s needs and living expenses.

Child support payments in California are determined by the California Child Support Guidelines. It is calculated by determining each individual’s financial circumstance and can vary greatly depending on the situation. International child custody lawyers can help parents assess the important factors in determining the amount of child support available, including:

  • Taxed and non-taxed income (e.g. money, property and services)

  • Wages, tips, commission and bonuses

  • Self-employment earnings and rental income

  • Unemployment benefits

  • Disability and workers’ compensation

  • Interest, dividends, social security and pension



These are just some of the factors that go into calculating child support amounts. In addition, expenses like child care, extra-curricular activities and/or groups and sports in which the child participates may also be factored into payments that a non-custodial parent may be responsible for making. It also is important to consider that as time goes on, child support factors can change. You should know your rights, especially if the parent who makes the payments falls behind or if there is a change in their income. Other unanticipated events can occur that may adjust child support expectations.

The family law firm of Ideal Legal Group believes that nothing is more important than ensuring that children of a dissolved relationship, divorce or partnership get the best care possible.  Receiving child support will allow your child to continue to have financial consistency and to help cover their continuing care expenses.

The international family law attorneys at Ideal Legal Group have been honored by Los Angeles County’s Child Support Services Department for demonstrated excellence and dedication to improving the lives of children and families. We can help determine your finances and protect you and your child’s rights. Contact the international divorce lawyers of Ideal Legal Group for a free consultation at (626) 569-1882 or info@ideallegalgroup.com.

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