Child Support

California law requires courts to adhere to statewide uniform guidelines in setting child support orders.  However, the Court Commissioner or Family Law Judge has the final authority to determine the amount of a child support order.  If the parents cannot agree on child support, the judge will decide the child support amount based upon the guideline calculation.

The guideline calculation depends on the following factors:

How much money the parents earn or can earn.
How much other income each parent receives.
How many children these parents have together.
How much time each parent spends with their children.
The actual tax filing status of each parent.
Support of children from other relationships.
Health insurance expenses.
Mandatory union dues.
Mandatory retirement contributions.
The cost of sharing daycare and uninsured health-care costs, and
Other factors.

Child Support can also include the cost of special needs:

                  Traveling for visitation from one parent to another.
                  Educational expenses, and
                  Other special needs.                 

At the Law Offices of Sonya A. Bouma PLC, we will walk you through the guidelines to ensure that the correct information is provided to the court when determining the applicable child support. Sonya A. Bouma is an experienced attorney in the area of Family Law.  She represents both men and women throughout the California Central Valley, including Stanislaus County, San Joaquin County and Merced County.   Contact the Law Offices of Sonya A. Bouma PLC for your consultation:  (209) 527-8700.  You may also contact us via our website.