Is there a child support guideline?

Find out what the child support guidelines are in place in the state of California, and how the legislature determines who makes the child support payments.

By Hal Bartholomew
September 08, 2011
CA FAQ/Child Support

The California legislature enacted a statewide uniform child support guideline that adheres to the standard that a parent’s first and principal obligation is to support his or her minor children according to the parent’s circumstances and station in life. Therefore, child support obligations are not dischargeable in bankruptcy nor can a parent waive their child’s right to receive child support.

The support is determined by a software program, such as DissoMaster, that computes the guideline amount of child support from a variety of factors. For example, the software program will take into account the pre-tax incomes of both parents and the amount of time the child spends with each parent when setting the required amount of child support.


Sacramento family law and divorce lawyer, Hal Bartholomew is a partner of Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP. He can be reached at (916) 288-9251 or (866) 860-2447. View his Divorce Magazine online profile.

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September 08, 2011
Categories:  Child Support|FAQs

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