How is Child Support Calculated in California?

Both parents of a child are responsible for providing financial support for their child(ren). The custodial parent financially supports their child(ren) by providing housing, groceries, clothing, school supplies, and other common expenses. Generally, the noncustodial parent pays child support to assist in paying for these common expenses. The amount of guideline child support paid is determined by the amount of time each parent is responsible for the child and each parent’s net disposable income, which is a person’s total income less taxes, deductions and specific expenses. Child support does not include child care, medical expenses not covered by insurance, travel expenses or special needs of a child. These additional costs may be divided equally between the parents.