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How is child support calculated in California?

The amount of child support a parent is obligated to pay is typically calculated according to a state-mandated formula. In California, as in most other states, this calculation is based on the incomes of both parents, the number of children involved, and the amount of time each parent spends with the children. Additionally, any health insurance or childcare costs that either parent is responsible for will be factored into the final support amount.