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What is Child Support?

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Child support is the amount of money that the court orders one parent to pay the other parent every month for the support of the child(ren).

  • California has a formula (called a "guideline") Opens new window for figuring out how much child support should be paid in all cases.

Child support payments are usually made until children turn 18, or 19 if they are still in high school full time, living at home, and can't support themselves.

  • Parents may agree to support a child longer.
  • The court may also order that both parents continue to support a disabled adult child that is not self-supporting

If the judge signed Domestic Violence "Child Support Orders", collection can be through wage assignment.

If the protected person (a) completed and filed the following forms, (b) the judge signed them, (c) they were filed with the court clerk after the hearing, and (d) copies were "served" on the restrained person, then (e) copies of the forms can be sent to the restrained person's employer:

  • Child Support Order (Form DV-160), Opens new window and a
  • Order/ Notice to Withhold Income for Child Support (Form FL-195) Opens new window
  • The address for the employer can be found on the pay stub or W-2 form that was attached to the restrained person's "Income and Expense Declaration," or the "Financial Statement (Simplified)".

These forms tell the restrained person's employer how much money to withhold from the paycheck for child support, and where the money should be sent.

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