How is child support calculated?
Child support is calculated pursuant to a statutory algorithm, which takes into consideration the percentage of time each parent has physical custody of the children, and the incomes of the custodial parent and the noncustodial parent. It is based on the gross income of the parties, and the algorithm takes into account the tax deductions and their consequences, and therefore, the tax filing status of each party is important, as well as is the number of dependents claimed, including who gets to claim the minor as a dependent and who gets the head-of-household status tax credit. An experienced Alameda County child custody lawyer can help you better understand how support is calculated. There is also a Child Support Calculator available online.