On the surface, calculating child support seems relatively simple. There is a set formula that is based primarily on each parent's income and their child custody. However, people often make a variety of mistakes when trying to figure out child support during a divorce or paternity action. For example, people often base it on net income, when it is actually based on gross income.
At Primus Family Law in San Diego, we take great care to calculate child support as accurately as possible because we know how much it impacts your entire household.
Do Not Rely on an Online Child Support Calculator
Many websites offer free child support calculators. You may have used one already. Unfortunately, these calculators are often wildly inaccurate. In fact, if you randomly choose any two of them and enter the same information, you may find that the results can vary by hundreds of dollars. So how much will child support payments really be?
When our San Diego child support attorneys provide an estimate of the payments, it is only after we have carefully reviewed all of the numbers. Then we use the computer program that is used by the courts, so you can be confident that it is as accurate as possible.
Child support payments can be modified for a variety of reasons. If you or the other parent has experienced job loss, a pay cut, a pay raise or a promotion, you may be able to pursue a change. To avoid complications, it is important that changes to child support payments be made through the court, not verbally. Our firm has more than a decade of experience in properly modifying child support payments in San Diego County either by way of a motion filed with the court or a mutually agreed upon written stipulation.