Having a child means many things to parents in California and elsewhere. For the most part, it means taking on the role as a caregiver and providing the child with his or her emotional, physical and financial needs. This needs still need to be met whether parents are together or not. Thus, during the divorce process, parents often need to address issues such as child support.
How is child support calculated in California? Like other states, California has a statewide formula to calculate child support. This is known as a guideline, as it is used to figure out how much child support should be paid in a given situation. If parents attempt to reach a child support agreement and cannot, this is when a judge will step in to decide the child support amount based on the guidelines.