At the Law Offices of Ruth Lynn Estep, we represent men and women throughout the greater Los Angeles, California area in the negotiating of child support agreements during divorce proceedings, the modifying of prior child support orders, and the establishing of child support in paternity actions.

We do not take your trust lightly.

We will handle your case from start to finish and make sure that no detail is overlooked. We believe these issues are simply too important to be handled in any other way.

Some Child Support Calculation Basics

Child support is usually paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent to contribute to the cost of upbringing of the child or children. The custodial parent is the parent with whom the child resides the majority of the time. If the child resides an equal amount of time with each parent, the parent with the lower income may still be entitled to child support.

Under California child support law, child support is determined under statewide guidelines. This formula is based on gross incomes of the parents, the amount of time the child spends with the non-custodial parent, the cost of childcare, and certain other factors, such as health insurance and other children living with either parent.