When parents divorce, they must address many serious and life-changing issues, including custody, visitation, and child support. In many cases, these issues will arise during family law proceedings involving parents who never married but had children together. Whether or not the couple was married, they are legally obligated to ensure that the best interests of their children are met, even after they split up. One way to do that is to provide child support, a court-ordered amount of money that one or both parents is required to pay for the support of the child. California law provides a set of guidelines for the court to consider when calculating that amount. To protect the financial interests of your family, you are encouraged to contact a local San Diego family law attorney with extensive experience handling such delicate matters.
The amount of child support ordered by a court can vary a great deal, depending on the circumstances and financial well-being of the parties. In a recent highly publicized case, a California Superior Court judge approved a child support agreement between Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey in the amount of $16,000 a month. Ms. Berry will be required to pay Aubrey nearly $200,000 for the support of their one daughter until she graduates high school or turns 19 years old, whichever date comes first.
In this instance, it seems that the parties who had recently been arguing over certain custody matters have come to a mutually acceptable agreement for support. If they had not, the court would have reviewed the statewide guidelines for calculating the amount, including each parent's income or earning potential, the number of children they have together, the amount of time each parent spends with the children, their respective tax filing status, any support of children from other relationships, and health care and day care costs, among other factors.