California makes it easy to see the amount of support you may need to pay through the use of convenient, online tools.
For example, if you go to the California Child Support Services website and the guideline calculator, you'll be able to enter specifics that may relate to your case, including the number of children you have, the amount of time you and your ex-spouse are each likely to have physical custody of the children and how much income you each have.
You should note, however, that the figure you get using this calculator isn't a guarantee. What happens in your actual case may depend on a lot of different factors. The nice thing about calculators like this is that you can get an idea of how much you may owe. However, it's not a perfect calculation because you may need to consider:
- The standard of living the child would enjoy if you weren't divorced (especially in high-asset cases)
- A child's special needs, including those related to any unique talents and those due to a disability
- Any other extraordinary or unique issues that could affect how much support a parent can pay or a child may need
Many people find negotiating child support complex, which is why it may be a good idea to talk to your attorney about how much support you may end up needing to pay. Child support is an obligation, but you do want to make sure that it is one that is reasonable and that you can afford to pay on a monthly basis while still being able to meet your necessary expenses.