Q: How is California child support calculated when there is joint physical custody?
There are several types of joint custody in California. In the most common joint-custody arrangement, both parents share physical custody and legal custody of the child. This means that both parents are involved in the child’s day-to-day life, and both parents make important decisions regarding education, health care, and religion. The child may live with one or both parents.
Many people believe that child support is not granted when both parents share physical custody of a child. However, while child custody is considered in a child support calculation, it is not unusual for one or both parents to be ordered to pay child support even when they share joint custody of the child.
Child support refers to periodic payments made by a parent for the financial support and care of a child. When one co-parent has sole custody of their child, the non-custodial co-parent is usually ordered to pay child support to the custodial co-parent. In joint custody, a child is considered to have two custodial parents. In most cases, the parent with the higher income pays support to the parent with the lower income. But, there are exceptions. Other factors that affect the amount of child support paid include:
- The amount of time each parent spends with the child
- Tax factors
- The number and age of children living in the home
- Education and child care needs
- The child’s special needs
- The expenses involved in maintaining each home
Every situation is different. If you have questions about your own California child support case, please contact the San Francisco divorce attorneys at The Law Offices of Paul H. Nathan. Our women-only divorce attorneys fight hard to make sure mothers get the financial support they need. To schedule an appointment, call us at 415-341-1144.