California has an official Guideline Calculation Formula that is used to determine child support. The formula takes into account many factors, including:
- Time that each parent has the child in their custody and control
- Gross income of each parent
- Tax filing status of each parent
- Child care costs
- Other mandatory expenses such as health insurance costs, union dues, and support of other children
Under the guideline, expenses like car payments, credit card payments, rent or mortgage payments, groceries, and extra-curricular costs are not included. To get the best outcome possible, contact a family law attorney to help you through the process.