Child support in California must be paid regardless of whether the parents were married until the child does any of the following:

  • Reaches the age of 18 and graduates from high school
  • Reaches the age of 19
  • Joins the military
  • Gets married
  • Dies

DissoMaster Child Support Calculations in California

Many California family law attorneys and family judges are use a computer program called DissoMaster to calculate the proper amount of child support. Factors that go into these calculations include:

  • Each parent’s income
  • Time spent with the child
  • Property taxes
  • Union dues
  • Many other relevant considerations

When Must Spousal Support Be Paid in California?

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is payments from one spouse to the other after a divorce or separation is filed. California courts have a wide discretion in awarding or not awarding spousal support, as well as the exact amount that is awarded. In fact, it is possible for a court to decide neither spouse is entitled to spousal support.

Child Support and Spousal Support Modifications Using DissoMaster

Once the initial child or spousal support orders are established, they may need to be modified based on a change of circumstances. There are a myriad of reasons for modifying child or spousal support payments. Common circumstances include

  • Losing a job
  • Suffering an illness
  • Reaching the age of majority
  • Significant increase or decrease in income

If there is any type of significant financial or lifestyle change, a new DissoMaster calculation can be run to establish a new support order.

Should I Consult a California Family Attorney?

The DissoMaster program is available to the public for purchase and it costs approximately $500, but learning how to use the program is difficult. If the calculations are not done properly, you may receive less than you are entitled to or pay more than you are required to. If you are seeking to establish or modify child support or spousal support, working with a California family law attorney will help you understand your rights and help protect your interests.