California Courts rely upon a child support calculator software application known as Dissomaster. The essential variables in the calculation of child support in California are primarily the parties gross incomes, or net incomes if self employed. Another significant factor is the number of children and the percentage of time that each parent shares with their children. Deductions are granted for health insurance payments, union dues, mandatory retirement deductions, mortgage interest payments to name a few.
However, skillful attorneys often negotiate child support payments and employ the sharing of deductions to utilize tax benefits to their respective clients.
The bottom line is that parents have a duty to support their children, and the benefit in paying child support is that all children have a better childhood and adult life opportunities if their needs are adequately met.