uring the dissolution proceedings and legal separation, as well as in post-judgment matters, disputes often arise over the amount of child support payable by one parent, typically the higher earner, to the other. Unless the parties agree to a different amount, Child support in California is done by a “guideline calculation.” In Los Angeles or in California for that matter the law on child support is found in the section of state law called the Family Code. The court must follow the “statewide uniform child support guideline” (Ca Fam 4050 et seq.).
So regardless of the city and/or county that you live in within the State of California such as Orange County, Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills, West Hills, the Valley, when your case ends up in court then the court must follow the guideline in setting child support.
The guidelines described above require consideration of factors such as the incomes of both parents, the number of children for which support is required and the amount of time the children spend with each parent. Sometimes, the true income of one parent is hidden necessitating discovery of traditional and non-traditional sources of income. A California child support order is only modifiable if there has been a “change in circumstances,” such as a significant increase and/or a change in the amount of time the child spends with one parent.