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Paternity & Child Support

Paternity disputes arise among unmarried persons that have one or more children together. We specialize in the following areas of paternity: 

  • Child Custody: This includes legal custody, decision making authority for the child; and physical custody, where the child spends his or her time.
  • Child Support: This is calculated based on a percentage of the physical custody and the respective incomes of the parents.
  • Attorney Fees: Where there’s a disparity of income, courts take into account one party’s need vs the other party’s ability to pay. 

Child Support

Child support is a critical issue in California custody and divorce cases. Child support is the payment of money from one parent to the other to help support the children after the parents have separated. The purpose of child support is to help ensure that the children maintain a similar standard of living in both households. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of child support in a California custody or divorce case.

How is Child Support Calculated in California?

In California, child support is determined by a formula known as the California Guideline Child Support Calculator. The formula takes into account the following factors:

  • The income of both parents: The court will look at the income of both parents, including wages, salaries, commissions, bonuses, and other sources of income.
  • The number of children: The more children there are, the higher the child support payment will be.
  • The amount of time each parent spends with the children: The more time the children spend with one parent, the lower the child support obligation for that parent will be.
  • Health insurance and childcare costs: The court will also consider the cost of health insurance and childcare expenses when calculating child support.

Once the formula has been applied, the court will issue a child support order that specifies the amount of child support to be paid.

Modifying Child Support Orders

Child support orders can be modified if there has been a significant change in circumstances, such as a change in income or a change in the amount of time the children spend with each parent. In order to modify a child support order, either parent can file a motion with the court requesting a modification.

Enforcing Child Support Orders

If a parent fails to pay child support as ordered by the court, the other parent can take legal action to enforce the child support order. There are a variety of enforcement mechanisms available, including wage garnishment, tax refund intercept, and contempt of court.


Child support is an important issue in California custody and divorce cases. If you are going through a divorce and need help with child support, it is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney at Nowzaree Law who can help you understand your rights and obligations. With the right guidance, you can ensure that your children’s interests are protected and that you receive a fair child support arrangement.