Free Child Support
Calculator and California
Support Guidelines

The official State of California Free Child Support Calculator can be found here.

Determining what your figure means though, may involve consulting with an attorney.

The first thing you have to enter is the number of dependents. This means dependents of the relationship at issue.

Next, you have to determine what percentage of time they spend with each parent. Make yourself parent “1” and continue using this formula throughout the form.

You will enter tax filing status for yourself and the other parent as well as monthly income from a variety of sources. You will also enter deductions which include things like health insurance, mandatory union dues, and any support paid other than child support in this relationship.

You will also include any state deductions to income or hardship deductions. Hardship deductions are generally sometimes if you are supporting minor children from another relationship.

Using the advanced “add on” feature, you can customize the support information to compute child care costs or to include spousal support. However, permanent spousal support is not based upon guideline.

The state’s free child support calculator is a useful tool. If you are having trouble interpreting the results, you are always advised to consult a family law attorney.

You can ask any questions you have about your guideline support through the Ask Julian Anything form below.

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