A marital dissolution can be one of the most traumatic experiences divorcing parties can face in life. The very foundation they had built over years of hard work and cooperation has now begun to crumble. Separation and anxiety have replaced togetherness. Property and support issues are now the center of discussion, replacing grocery lists and family outings as topics of integral familial importance.

When dealing with support issues, a newly single mother or father may be forced, for the first time, to deal with the issue of which parent will pay the other for the support of their child(ren). In California, child support is calculated using a formula that takes into account many relevant factors, including the parents’ incomes. In determining a parent’s available income for child support calculations, the court will utilize California Family Code § 4058, and its definition of gross income.

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