The way the appropriate amount of child support is calculated is usually a long and complicated process. Generally the lawyers of all the concerned parties use complex and expensive calculation software which takes into consideration a variety of factors.
Factors that Determine Child Support Amount
As stated early there are several factors that determine the amount of child support that the parents need to pay. Of course the courts and judges take these factors into consideration before coming to a decision.
The factors usually come down to the amount of children that are being supported, the income of each parent, the time share each parent has with the children, and the tax filing status of each parent.
Income as the Biggest Factor
While there are several factors that are considered when calculating the amount of child support, the amount of income each parent makes seems to be the biggest factor in the calculation process. Of course the courts and judge do not want to make parents pay more than he or she can afford or limit someone’s way of life.
It should be noted that income does just not mean the money earned through a job. Income can also be considered as money earned through running a business.
How Can Child Support Be Used?
The child support money received must be used to provide basic needs of the child/children. These basic needs not only include food and clothing but also can include living expenses such as housing rent and payment of utilities such as electricity and water.
Expenses such as school tuition, non-covered medical expenses, and extracurricular activities are not considered to be basic needs and should be split amongst each parent in a manner that is agreeable to all parties involved.
When Does Child Support End?
Normally child support will end when the child reaches that age of 18 and graduates high school. In cases where the child still has not graduated high school and is still 18, the child support will end when the child graduates high school or when the child reaches the age of 19, whichever comes first.
If you or someone you know are having problems with their child support calculations the law offices of Edward Lai Law are willing to help. For a consultation about your child support case you can call 510-297-8287.