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Unmarried Dad Has to Pay Child Support Even Though Mother is Supported by Platonic Friend

By Andy Cook |

California determines child support by an algebraic formula that looks at essentially four things: the payor’s income; the custodial parent’s income; the number of children; and the amount of time each parent spends with a child. But what if the custodial parent, who is usually the parent who receives child support, is not working… Read More »

Dad’s Lower Income Doesn’t Mean Lower Child Support

By Andy Cook |

When divorced parents suffer a cut in pay or a job loss, they often are entitled to a reduction in any child support that they have been ordered to pay. After all, child support in California is almost always based on a computer formula that looks at basically four factors: the number of children;… Read More »

Ex-Wife Forced to Pay Child Support for Child Resulting from Surrogate Birth

By Andy Cook |

A surrogacy agreement, followed by an acrimonious divorce and ensuing lawsuits in three states, has led to a strange custodial assignment for one California infant. Sherri Shepherd, former panel member of daytime television talk show “The View,” entered into an agreement with a young waitress named Jessica Bartholomew for her to carry a child… Read More »

California Family Law Judge Rules Against Dad Who Tried to Lower Child Support

By Andy Cook |

California uses a computer formula to calculate child support.  The formula takes into account each parent’s income, the number of children involved, and the percentage of time each parent has with the child or children. The income is usually based on what the parent actually earns, but divorce courts have authority to impute income… Read More »

May a divorce judge make you get a job in a support case?

By Andy Cook |

In California divorce cases, the person without custody of the children (assuming there are children) usually has to pay child support.  And if the difference in income between the parents or the spouses is significant, the high earner has to pay spousal support, commonly referred to as alimony.  But what happens if a person… Read More »

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