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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.
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.
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.
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.
Separate property is property acquired before marriage, property received after the date of separation, inheritances, and gifts. Separate property is not divided in the divorce. Debts incurred before getting married or incurred after separating are separate property debts. Spouses are required to file proof of community and separate property on a Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure.
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