Child Support


Child Support in California

Child support in California, when disputed, is most often determined by application of California child support guidelines. The guidelines take into account the time that a child spends with each parent and each parent’s income. When a parent is unemployed or underemployed, the court has the discretion to impute an income to the unemployed or underemployed parent. When special circumstances arise,  the court can deviate from guideline support calculations.

The DissoMaster system is a child support guideline calculation software program that considers all relevant factors the California Family Code addresses. The DissoMaster software has been used by California Family Law Courts for over 20 years. It is our job to help our clients understand how their circumstances may affect the calculation of child support.

 Child Support Issues

Issues that our attorneys will address depending on your circumstances:

  • Preliminary Child Support Calculations
  • Income imputation
  • Seek Work Orders
  • Employment and Skill Evaluations
  • Income Determinations
  • Change of Circumstances Child Support Modification

Child support is typically paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. The purpose of child support is to provide financial assistance in the upbringing of the involved children.

Child Support Obligations

Child support obligations cannot be waived by either parent. Child support is a right enjoyed by the children involved, not the parents. The aim of the guidelines used in setting child support is to serve the best interests of the children involved. Our family law child support attorneys are experienced at persuasively presenting facts in pursuit of the court considering factors that the guideline calculator may not consider.

We work with our clients to ensure all factors are represented accurately in the calculations, all income is properly disclosed, and any special needs of the children are taken into consideration. We will also explain the tax implications of various custody and support arrangements and advocate for the most favorable terms for our clients.

Child Support Modifications

After a child support order becomes effective, there may be changes in the circumstances of your case. Sometimes, it may become necessary to reevaluate the original order. We represent parents in modifications of existing child support arrangements when there has been a significant change in the circumstances of either of the parents.

Our Firm’s Child Support Attorneys

At Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin, we understand that child support affects both parties’ finances. We strive to ensure your child’s best interests are the main focus when child support determinations are made. If you have concerns about child support issues, or if need to modify your current support obligation, contact an experienced child support attorney at the law offices of Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin. We help minimize the stress and emotional toll by advocating for you and emphasizing the best interests of the children involved.


We are the firm to call when you need sound legal advice from a knowledgeable child support attorney. To talk to a family law attorney about your specific child support obligations, call our child support lawyers at (209) 522-2211 or contact us here.