Per the code, the court considers the gross monthly income of both parties. Gross income is the amount of money you earn before any deductions or taxes are taken out, which is different than your net monthly income. Net monthly income is the money that you actually take home. While the computer program takes the gross monthly income as a starting point, rest assured that the program considers all tax effects and deductions. Another essential element of the child support calculation is approximate percentage of time that the non-custodial party has or will have physical responsibility for the child or children compared to the other parent. In calculating the percent, the party must take into account weekly time, vacation time and holidays to get the accurate percentage.
Beyond these two major numbers, other important factors which will be considered are required retirement contributions, required union dues, insurance contributions, and other children (not of the instant relationship) that are not being provided for, child care, who is claiming the child or children as dependent(s). Each of these items is input into the calculation and ultimately change the amount of support due.
The above is a mere highlight of the factors involved in a calculation of guideline child support. Every case is very different with specific needs and issues. If you have any questions or need help with you child support case please contact the lawyers at Bristol, Haynes & Associates at (909) 466-5575. We can answer any and all your legal questions regarding child support calculations, reimbursements and orders.