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Child Support Torrance Family Law

For individuals seeking comprehensive legal guidance on child support matters, Olsen & Olsen can provide the experience you need to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family’s financial well-being. 

Child Support in California

Child support in California refers to the financial assistance provided by one parent to the other to help cover the costs of raising their child. It is typically paid by the non-custodial parent (the parent with whom the child spends less time) to the custodial parent (the parent with whom the child primarily resides).


The purpose of child support is to ensure that both parents contribute financially to the child's upbringing, regardless of the parents' marital status or living arrangements. 

How is Child Support Calculated?

Child support in California is typically calculated based on statewide guidelines established by the California Family Code. The guidelines take into account various factors, including each parent's income, the amount of time each parent spends with the child, and specific deductions.

  • Both parents' gross incomes are considered in the child support calculation. This includes wages, salaries, bonuses, commissions, and other sources of income.

  • The amount of time each parent spends with the child, often referred to as the time-share percentage, is a crucial factor in determining child support. The more time a parent spends with the child, the lower their child support obligation may be.

Child support orders may include provisions for sharing the costs of health insurance and childcare. These additional costs are factored into the overall child support calculation.

Do Unmarried Parents Have to Pay Child Support in California?

Child support obligations exist whether or not the parents were married. Establishing legal parentage is crucial, and child support orders can be sought through the legal process even if the parents were not married. Read more on Paternity cases here.

Enforcing Child Support

Child support orders are legally binding, and failure to comply with the order can lead to enforcement measures. Enforcement actions may include wage garnishment, interception of tax refunds, suspension of driver's licenses, and other legal remedies. If you have not received child support, contact a lawyer immediately.

Can You Modify Child Support?

Child support orders can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a change in income, employment status, or the child's needs. Either parent can request a modification. Read more on modifications to child support here.


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