When parents separate, one of the first things they should think about is child support. Child support is the amount of money that a court orders a parent or both parents to pay every month to help pay for the support of the child (or children) and the child’s living expenses.
Children need the financial support of both parents because they do better. They also have a right to it by law. California’s child support law is based on the principle that even though parents have separated or divorced, children should continue to benefit from the financial support of both parents, just like they would if the parents were still together.
The information in this section explains parents’ child support responsibilities. It describes how to figure out what a parent should pay or expect to receive, as well as how to calculate other types of expenses. You will also find links to services that can help you and other types of resources.
- How do we calculate annual income?
- How do we calculate child support when the children live mostly with one parent?
- How do we calculate child support when parenting is shared?
- How do we calculate child support when parenting is split?
- What about medical coverage?
- What should we do once we agree on an amount?
- Can we change a child support agreement or court order?
- If you agree to change the amount of support
- What happens if I receive child support and then get remarried?
- What happens if I pay child support and then have a second family?
- What happens if we don’t have written agreement or order?