Understanding California Child Support Guidelines

Child support is a very important and difficult issue that arises in every family law case with children. Federal law requires each state to have a child support guideline system in effect. Unfortunately, each state has chosen its own formulation and child support varies greatly from state to state. Some states have a system that is easy enough to calculate in your head. California is not one of those states.

California has the most complex system of child support guidelines in the United States. Only in California are you required to use a computer program approved by the State Judicial Council to accurately reflect the amount of child support. When child support is this difficult, turn to an attorney with more than 30 years of experience: Brian Cochran.

Mr. Cochran was a member of the San Diego County Bar Association's first committee on child support guidelines before they were mandated. He has practiced with all the various types of guidelines that have been used in California and understands the system and the methodology behind it.

Timeshare And Child Support

California guideline child support has a unique feature that leads to litigation in many cases: timeshare. Only in California does this issue arise. Given a set of financial factors, the amount of child support paid by the non-custodial parent will vary based upon the amount of time the child spends with that parent. In other words, if you have a child 20 percent of the time, the child support you pay will be greater than if you have that same child 30 percent of the time. Often, this leads to disputes over the amount of timeshare, which will affect the amount of child support you or the other parent pays.

Contact Our Law Firm

Mr. Cochran has handled thousands of child support motions as well as trials. Our office litigates not only the amount of child support based upon the financial factors in a case, but we are also prepared to litigate any custody issues that lead to a timeshare dispute.

Arrange a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your child support case. Call 619-567-5703 or contact us online.