You and your children’s other parent can negotiate and agree on your own child support arrangement based on your financial resources, how you will share custody of your children, and the financial needs of your children. You can also ask the court to determine which of you will pay child support and the amount of the support. In California the courts are required to use a predetermined formula that calculates the amount of child support based on the number of children, the time the children spend with each parent, each parent’s income as adjusted by child support guidelines. Before making any agreement regarding child support you should consult with an experienced family law attorney to discuss your situation and determine the best course of action available to you.
Until your children reach adulthood the courts have ongoing authority to modify or change the amount of child support. In California, child support is payable until a child reaches 18 years of age, or 19 if they are still a full time high school student. Parents may also have a legal obligation to support a disabled child after the child becomes an adult.
Circumstances change and it is a good idea to periodically have your child support order reviewed.
Consulting with an experienced family law attorney can help you determine whether a change should be made in your child support order.