Child Support

The Experience You Need to 

Negotiate the Right Amount of Child Support

If you have decided to seek a divorce or separate from a co-parent, you should seek the solid counsel of a family law attorney at Warren Major LLP. Our attorneys have helped many concerned parents negotiate the right amount of child support. This can take care of their children’s needs today and into the future. We can explain every aspect of California’s income-based guidelines and provide the information you need to make a sound decision.

In the state of California, child support is based on

  • Each parent’s net disposable monthly income
  • The amount of time each parent will care for the child.


The court considers each parent’s income from all sources. Whether or not the income is reported and taxed under federal and state law. Income can be in the form of money, property or services, including:

  • Wages from a job
  • Commissions
  • Bonuses
  • Self-employment earnings
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Disability and workers’ compensation benefits
  • Interest and dividends
  • Rental income
  • Social Security and pensions.


Certain items will be subtracted from each parent’s disposable income, including:

  • Taxes
  • Mandatory retirement contributions
  • Health insurance premiums


Whenever parents go to court for a child support order, the court always makes the final decision about the actual amount a parent will pay.

Contested Child Support and Other Issues

  • Is your divorce being delayed, and possibly contested? Is the delay because you and your ex can’t decide the proper level of support?
  • Are you already divorced? Do you believe you are either receiving too little or paying too much child support?
  • Has a sudden, substantial change in circumstance caused you to petition the court for a modification of support?
  • Will a court-ordered enforcement be needed to compel the paying party to live up to his or her financial obligations?


When you work with a family law attorney at Warren Major LLP, we will advocate strongly and skillfully on your behalf to receive the right amount of child support.

If you are the payor and want a realistic idea of what you can expect to pay, please contact us to discuss your needs. We can also assist, if you would like to explore mediation rather than a court-mandated child support payment amount.

Please contact to discuss your child support situation.


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San Rafael, CA 94903
United States (US)
Phone: (415) 286-5440


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