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In California, both parents are responsible for supporting their children financially. The amount each parent provides will be enforced with a court order.
Child Support Guidelines by By Irving H. Zaroff, JD LMFT and Dana Schutz Keane, MA LMFT
How do courts calculate child support in California? The overriding principle is that the support be in the children’s best interest, while a key component is a guideline which is determined by a somewhat complicated formula.
Beyond Child Support - College Funding for Children in Divorce by By Irving H. Zaroff, JD LMFT and Dana Schutz Keane, MA LMFT
The question, then, is whether divorcing parents should provide for the higher education of their children. In more than half the states and the District of Columbia, judges have authority to award support for college educations beyond the children reaching the age of majority.
Child Support Calculation by Steven Carlson, The Custody Coach™
In cases of a separation or divorce where child custody is being disputed, the divorce decree will often include a child support order.
It would probably come as a surprise to a person unfamiliar with the vagaries of the California Family Code, to learn that the court must order child support payments based on the number of hours the child spends with either parent (which includes sleeping hours). The payments are calculated using an algebraic formula fed into a computer.

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In a summary dissolution, a hearing with the judge is typically not needed. A marriage of five years or less may be ended by summary dissolution, which is a simplified procedure to terminate a marriage in the state of California. With a summary dissolution, a joint petition is filed when 1) either spouse meets the standard residency requirement, 2) the marriage is irretrievably broken down due to irreconcilable differences, 3) the marriage is childless, 4) the wife is not pregnant, 5) neither spouse owns real estate, 6) there are no unpaid debts greater than $4,000, 7) the total value of community property is less than $25,000, 8) neither spouse has separate property (excluding cars and loans) of greater than $25,000, 9) the spouses have reached an agreement regarding the division and distributions of assets and liabilities, 10) both waive their rights to maintenance and appeal; 11) both have read a brochure about summary dissolution and 12) both desire to end the marriage.

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