The California child support guideline, which is a statewide guideline, can be found in California Family Code § 4050-4076. The adoption of the California child support guideline as Legislature is intended to ensure the state of California remains compliant with federal regulations for California child support guidelines and child support law (California Family Code § 4050).
The California courts are supposed to comply with California child support guidelines in making child support orders and may deviate from the guideline only in a limited number of special circumstances (California Family Code § 4052). The California child support guideline is presumed to be correct in all child support cases, and only under the special circumstances can a California judge rule that a child support order fall below the child support formula mandated by the guideline (California Family Code § 4053(k) and ).
The California child support formula (California Family Code § 4050(a)) for determining statewide guideline child support orders is as follows: CS = K (HN – (H%) (TN))
The details of the California child support formula and each factor represented by letters in the child support formula above can be found in California Family Code § 4055. For free help with child support matters you can contact your local family law facilitator office to see if they can assist you. For legal child support advice and help with California child support issues, you’ll want to contact a California child support attorney.