Child support in California is based on the income of the parties. The Family Code broadly defines income so that many sources are properly considered as income available for support. The income for each party, along with the estimated time share is used in the guideline calculation for support, which is presumed to be the correct amount of support payable for support of each child. Dissomaster is the computer program the courts use in San Diego to compute support.
Child support is paid until a child reaches the age of 18 and has graduated from high school. For adult disabled children, support will continue beyond the age of 18. There are considerations raised by timeshare each parent has as the court will not make timeshare orders after the child is 18.
Once an order for support is made, it is subject to change if there has been a significant change in circumstances. The order can also be changed if the initial order was reached by stipulation of the parties and/or the initial order was below the guideline number.
When making and order or agreement, there may be occasion to deviate from guideline or order a below- or above-guideline amount of support. The court will take into consideration each parent’s station in life as a child is entitled to share in that station.
Child support and support for adult disabled children are complicated issues. Contact Attorney Rizzo to discuss your child custody and visitation matter.