Experienced Attorneys for Assistance With Child Support Agreements
Once you and your spouse have elected to file for divorce, or you have separated from the non-spouse parent of your child, the Law Office of Karen R. Leder in Elk Grove, California, can provide child support assistance. While the rules for setting child support are formulaic, results can vary dramatically as a consequence of what numbers are put into the formula. Certain circumstances can occasionally complicate the situation. Our experienced team will assert for the court's consideration the facts and figures most beneficial to your position.
Child Support Formula
The federal government requires that states have a specific formula for child support in order to qualify for federal funds. In California, we call it the "Guideline Formula." The statute has an algebraic equation that has been reduced to several computer programs, including "DissoMaster" and "Xspouse."
Using the formula, we input the gross income of each party, answer questions about things that affect each party's taxes (such as a mortgage interest write-off and other financial considerations), and provide certain figures for items that are to be included in the formula (such as medical insurance costs, mandatory retirement, etc.). The formula then calculates both parents' after-tax income. The next step is including the percentage of time each parent has with the children. The program then computes a guideline for child support, which the court will adopt.