How does the Court determine the amount of child support a parent is to receive?
 
The Family Code outlines a formula for child support, but several well respected companies have incorporated the formula into software for use by the Court. Southern California courts generally use DissoMaster™ or Xspouse™. The amount of support determined by the Court is known as "guideline," and is based on a variety of factors such as the income of each parent, how much time each parent has the child with him/her, allowable tax deductions, mandatory retirement, union dues, mortgage interest deductions, property tax, etc.

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