Community Property

How does the court divide community property in California?

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Under California community property law, unless the parties have an agreement otherwise, the court must divide the community estate equally. Except for a few statutory exceptions, all community property and quasi-community property assets and liabilities are divided so that each party receives an equal net value of the community estate. How does the court divide … View Full Post

Child Support

What is included in gross income for purposes of calculating guideline child support?

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When calculating guideline child support, gross income includes any and all income derived from any source whatsoever, except income from child support payments, income from any need-based public assistance program, and income from spousal support payments from the same child support proceeding. The courts have also held other types of income as included or excluded … View Full Post

Child Support

What is “guideline” child support in California and how is it calculated?

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California has a complex formula for calculating child support. The algebraic formula is called the Statewide Uniform Guideline (hence the term “guideline support”). The courts use a software program called DissoMaster to calculate guideline support. Except under a few special circumstances, the guideline amount as determined by the DissoMaster software is the presumptively correct amount … View Full Post

Child Support

I just paid the deductible on my child’s medical visit. How do I get reimbursed by the other parent?

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Form FL-192 Notice of Rights and Responsibilities: Health-Care Costs and Reimbursement Procedures summarizes the procedure for requesting reimbursement for a child’s uninsured health-care costs. If you have a child support order that includes a provision for the reimbursement of a portion of the child’s health-care costs and those costs are not paid by insurance, the … View Full Post

Child Support

Child support add-ons: Additional child support for child care costs, uninsured health care costs, and other expenses

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In addition to the guideline child support amount on the DissoMaster report, additional child support may be ordered for certain expenses such as child care costs. These additional amounts are called child support “add-ons” as they increase the base guideline child support amount. There are mandatory add-ons that must be included in a child support … View Full Post

Child Custody and Visitation

What are some examples of parenting plan time-share (visitation) schedules?

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A parenting plan describes the parents’ respective responsibilities for taking care of their child. A parenting plan includes the time-share, which is the schedule describing how the parents will divide responsibility for taking physical care of the child. A parenting plan will also include how the parents will share in other responsibilities, such as transportation, … View Full Post