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Establishing an Order

If the paying parent is located, and there is no court order, we will file a legal action in court obtain an order for child and medical support.

Summons and Complaint

The paying parent will be served with a Summons and Complaint packet that will include a proposed child support amount based on the State guidelines. The guidelines provide a standard formula for determining the child support amount, although the court may change the amount under limited circumstance.

Calculating Child Support

Children thrive when both parents support their child(ren).

Child Support is based on the following factors:

  • The number of children involved
  • Both parents’ incomes and tax filing status
  • The amount of time each parent spends with the child (visitation)
  • Cost of health insurance
  • Cost of childcare

To determine the correct child support amount, the court uses a Statewide Uniform Guideline. To access the Statewide Guideline Calculator.

The ways an order is established:

  • Agreement by the Parents (Stipulation) – If both parents reach an agreement on the amount of child support, you will sign a stipulation and will not be required to go to court. By signing the stipulation, the parents agree to all items that apply: fatherhood/parentage, the amount of child support and health insurance. The stipulation will be filed with the court.
  • Court Hearing – If the parents do not agree or the paying parent files an answer, the amount of child support will be decided by the court. Both parents will be notified of the hearing by mail.
  • Default Judgment – If the paying parent does not file an answer or appear in court, the court will enter a default judgment. The court may enter a default judgment and set the child support amount without your input.
  • Establishing Medical Support – California law requires parents to provide health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for the child(ren) if medical insurance is available through an employer at a reasonable cost. Any expenses not covered by insurances may be shared by the parents based on a 50-50 split  (50% to each parent) based on the court order.