In California, child support is calculated by a statewide uniform format called the Child Support Guideline Formula. This guideline is based on each parent’s net disposable income, taking into consideration a parent’s gross income, applicable deductions and the amount of parenting time spent with the child or children. The non-custodial parent generally pays the resulting child support amount to the custodial parent for maintenance of the child or children’s care and expenses. There are nuances to calculating guideline child support, such as whether a deduction qualifies for inclusion in the calculation, whether certain military allowances are includable as income and whether health insurance deductions are pre-tax or post-tax deductions, to name a few.
Additional mandatory expenses associated with child support are uncovered healthcare expenses and childcare. Additional discretionary expenses associated with child support are transportation costs and educational expenses. The mandatory costs are in addition to guideline child support and the court has the ability to order the discretionary costs as additional child support. The court has the discretion to set different percentage allocations for parental responsibility of these add-ons, whether mandatory or discretionary.
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