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Child Support in California

California Child Support: An Overview

Child support is the amount of money that a court orders parents to pay for the basic maintenance and living expenses for their children. California uses a specific formula, called “guideline,” in order to determine the amount of child support that will be paid. Continue learning…

Child Support: Where to Begin

Divorce Articles and Resources

Articles & Resources

Learn the details of child support in California and prepare to protect your future. 

California Divorce Forms

Legal Court Forms

Begin the California child support process with these legal forms. 

California Divorce Statutes

Child Support Statutes

California child support law. The technical, legalese filled rules governing support obligations. 


Child Support in Ten Steps

Child support in California can be confusing. This guide is a roadmap that will give you a preview of what to expect and what mistakes to avoid. Read the guide.

Instant Child Support Calculator

Our child support calculator is based off the formula utilized by all courtrooms in California and is published in the family law statutes. The support figure that this calculator generates is commonly referred to as “guideline” and is typically what a courtroom will use to determine monthly payments.

Child Support: What to Expect


California has established uniform guideline support standards which Judges are required to follow, unless the parties agree otherwise. Support is based on two primary factors: the amount of time each parent spends with the children and each parent’s income.

Child Support: Prepare Yourself

Unpaid Child Support

Unpaid Child Support

Recently in the news, there’s been a lot of discussion about the growing debt of unpaid child support in the US. Latest estimates place this amount to be around 113…

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