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This is an example calculation. To see the same details for your case, go to our California Child Support Calculator.

Disclaimer

This is a sample Child Support calculation.

Click here to use our California Child Support Calculator.

By using this calculator you expressly acknowledge that:
  1. No content is considered legal advice. Always consult an attorney.
  2. All content is based on Support Studies' views and interpretations of California child support laws and the California Child Support Guideline.
  3. The greatest care has been taken for accuracy relative to the default California Child Support Formula. However, your results as determined by the State of California may be different than the results presented here.

The Payment

The bottom line monthly child support payment is $583.00 .

This includes:
1) A base support payment of $508.00 from him to you.
2) $150.00 net for child care expenses from him to you.
3) $75.00 net for uninsured medical expense from you to him.

Where does that number come from?

The California Parenting Time Adjustment

If he had 0 days with the children his monthly base child support payment would be $1,200.00 before adjustments for child care.

Because he has 125 days with the children,California reduces his base payment by $692.00 each month.

A basic support payment of $1,200.00 less adjustments of $692.00 for his parenting time results in a basic support payment of $508.00 .

California's Base Support Amount

California uses one formula that tries to estimate the amount of your combined incomes that will be spent on the children. It starts with an amount that assumes the children live in one household and then increases the total basic support amount to adjust for shared parenting time.

If he had 0 days with the children, California would estimate a base cost of childrearing in your household of $2,400.00 per month, or 40.00% of combined income before any additional expenditures on child care and medical.

Because he has the children 125 days each year, California increases the estimated total base cost of child rearing to $3,221.92, or 53.70% of your combined incomes before any additional expenditures on child care and medical.

Reaching a Net Payment

California bases child support payments on their estimate of each parent's child rearing spending. Each parent then 'pays' the other parent their share of the cost. The difference is the net payment.

With 240 days you are credited with 65.75% of $3,221.92, or $2,118.52 base support per month. That's $105.93 averaged each of 240 days. He contributes 50.00% of your estimated costs, or $1,059.26 per month.

With 125 days he is credited with 34.25% of $3,221.92, or $1,103.40 base support per month. That's $105.93 averaged each of 125 days. You contribute 50.00% of his estimated costs, or $1,610.96 per month.

His 'payment' to you less your 'payment' to him equals the monthly base payment before medical and child care. That is:

$1,059.26 - $551.70 = $508.00

Summary: The Base Payment

Before adjusting for his time, California calculates:

$2,400.00 allotted to Child Rearing by the California support formula.
40.00% of combined net income alloted to child rearing by California.
His base child support payment: $1,200.00

After adjusting for his time, California calculates:

$3,221.92 allotted to child rearing
53.70% of cominbed income allotted to child rearing
$2,118.52 understood to be spent directly by you
$1,103.40 understood to be spent directly by him
$692.00 monthly payment reduction due to his time with the children.
His parenting time adjustment value averaged over 125 days: $66.43
His base child support payment to you: $508.00

Add-Ons to Base Support

Where applicable, California requires support add-ons for Child Care and Uninsured Medical. The court may also charge add-ons for 'educational or other special needs' and 'travel expenses for visitation.' California may use one of several ways to allocate these expenditures between the parents, including:

1) By default, each parent is responsible for 50% of add-on expendiures.
2) California may set each parent's child care add-on responsibility relative to their percent of income after making income adjustments for alimony and child support.

For the following sections, this calculator assumes method one is used.

Child Care

You share responsibility for Child Care expenditures.

Because you pay $300.00 in child care each month and he pays $0.00 payments are adjusted as follows.

He contributes 50% of your child care expenditures, or $150.00.

This brings the monthly support payment after base support and child care to $658.00 .

(This calculator assumes method one is used as described under 'Add-Ons To Base Support' above.)

Uninsured Medical Expenses

In addition to the base support amount and any child care expenses, California support orders are required to allocate uninsured medical expenses between the parents.

Unless otherwise requested and approved, by default each parent is responsible for 50% of the children's uninsured medical expenses.

Because you directly spend $0.00 in uninsured medical each month and he directly spends $150.00 payments are adjusted as follows.

You contribute 50% of his uninsured medical expenditures, or $75.00.

This brings the monthly support payment after base support, child care and uninsured medical to $583.00 .

(This calculator assumes method one is used as described under 'Add-Ons To Base Support' above.)

Medical Premiums

Like Child Care and Uninsured Medical, Medical Insurance Premiums are not covered in the base support payment.

Where health insurance is available at 'no cost or at a reasonable cost' the 'court shall require that health insurance coverage for a supported child shall be maintained by either or both parents.

California defines the reasonable cost of health insurance as 5% of the obligor's net income.'

Expenditures on court-ordered medical premiums do not directly impact monthly base child support payments. Medical insurance impacts base child support payments indirectly by subtracting from the insurance obligor's income before support is calculated.

For the most accurate child support calculation, review the net income section of our California Child Support Glossary.

Anything Else?

Possibly. At its discretion the court may also adjust payments for:

1) 'educational or other special needs of the 'children'
2) 'travel expenses for visitation.'

Bear in mind the court already calculates that 40% of combined income goes to child rearing before adjusting for shared parenting time and child care. After adjustments for shared parenting time, child care and uninsured medical, California's calculation is already based on 61% of combined net income going to child rearing in this case. Additional add-ons will further increase this amount.

The Total Spending Bottom Line

Including base support, child care and uninsured medical, California estimates that 61.20% of your combined incomes will be spent on child rearing. That's $3,671.92 per month, or $44,063.01 annually.

Medical insurance premiums if available at a reasonable cost will increase this percent. At the court's discretion, education, special needs and visitation travel expenses may further increase this number.

Adjusting For Children Outside the Case

California allows for adjustments in support cases for children outside the case being calculated. This can increase or decrease final support payments depending on circumstances. It requires a 'hardship' adjustment, which is not handled here.

What if his payments fall behind?

If he falls behind too far, he may lose his driver's license, professional licenses, his passport, go to jail or more.

He might go to jail even if you spend less on the children than your California-estimated childrearing base expenditures of $2,118.52.

Arrears: Past-due Child Support

California charges him interest on arrears, or past-due child support payments.

In California, interest is calculated at a rate of 10% annually, we believe this is compounded. As a benchmark, 2-year US treasuries are running around 2% as of early 2013, and mortgage interest is running under 4%.

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