Child Support Calculation

Factors Considered

Child support in a Title IV-D case is calculated under Family Code § 4050 et seq., just as in other Family Law actions. CSS attorneys and Commissioners are required to obtain ‘guideline’ child support orders. The main factors in determining the amount of child support to be ordered are the percentage of time minor children spend with the non-custodial parent and gross wages of each parent.

The percentage of custodial time will be calculated based on documentation and or testimony of the parties. The Commissioner will use the actual number of hours per year the child(ren) spend with the non-custodial parent, not necessarily the terms of a visitation order.

The gross monthly income of the parents is typically calculated from pay stubs, W-2 forms or tax returns. Child Support Services may utilize other source information including statements from employers, Federal Case Registry (FCR) income reporting, and sometimes by testimony.

Child Support Calculator

The California Guideline Child Support Calculator is based on California Child Support Guidelines. It is used to estimate the amount of child support that may be ordered in your case. This calculator provides only an estimate and is not a guarantee of the amount of child support that will be ordered. There are many other factors that may affect the amount of child support awarded.

In a IV-D context the Court Commissioner has the final authority to determine the amount of a child support order.