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California Child Support

California divorce laws can help protect children when the parents file for divorce.

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Divorce courts assign child support to make sure the children are financially provided for by both parents after the divorce.

To calculate child support, California divorce laws have the courts estimate the amount of support that would have been available to the child if the parents had remained together. The amount is divided proportionally by the income of each parent.

Either parent may be ordered to pay child support to provide for the support, maintenance and education of the child. California has set a minimum amount determined by official forms that is mandatory to support the child, unless there's a reasonable child support agreement setting a different amount and includes:

  • Both parent's acknowledgment of their child support rights
  • The child support amount is agreed to without coercion or duress
  • The child's needs will be adequately met
  • A right to child support hasn't been assigned to the county and no public assistance is pending
  • Medical insurance coverage for the child if available at a reasonable cost

Learn more about your rights to child support by connecting with a local divorce lawyer.

Call 877-349-1310 or fill out a California divorce case review form to get in touch with a California divorce attorney near you today. Find out how you can help protect your child's financial future.

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The above synopsis of California divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local California divorce lawyer in your area.

California divorce laws were last updated July 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.