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Calculating California Guideline Child Support in a San Diego Divorce

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2020 | Child Support

How much will you be required to pay or receive in child support after a divorce in Carlsbad or anywhere in San Diego? What should you know about calculating California Guideline child support and why is this an important starting position in a divorce?

In order to complete the information entry in the guideline child child support calculator you will need to round up the past 3 years tax returns, as well as paycheck stubs for you and your spouse. Calculating California Guideline child support will require details regarding:

  • Income
  • Health insurance
  • Health care expenses
  • Disability and unemployment
  • Retirement contributions
  • Business or job related expenses
  • Child support or spousal support orders from any previous marriage

You will be required to enter information regarding both spouses as well as the children you have in common. Once all of the information is placed into the Guideline Calculator it determines the amount one spouse should pay the other in terms of child support, as well as detailed information and a breakout of support associated with each child.

The State of California has a highly quantifiable system which determines the amount of child support based upon many factors. The judge or magistrate in your case will require this information to be provided prior to any discussion about your desire to deviate from guideline child support. This is true even when the parties are in complete agreement or have reached a written accord in negotiations or mediation.

There are many reasons why the former spouses may wish to deviate from guideline child support. There may be an offset in community property, a lump-sum payment or an increase in spousal support. Changes in the recent tax reform made a substantial impact on the deductibility of child support and all related negotiations in the future.

The Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq have successfully argued for deviations from California guideline child support and work with our clients to accomplish their specific goals and objectives for child support and every facet of their divorce.

If you have questions concerning calculating California Guideline child support protect your own interests and contact us or call 760-389-3927 to schedule an appointment for a remote or socially distanced consultation with one of our experienced Certified Family Law Specialists.