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