Ordinarily, the California courts use a complicated formula to determine the appropriate level of child support. However, for high-income parents, this formula doesn’t always work.
Table of Contents
- What Is “Affluent”?
- How Is Child Support Ordinarily Calculated?
- Deviation From Guideline Child Support
- Burden of Proof
- Reasons to Seek a Deviation From Guideline
- Your Next Steps
1. What Is “Affluent”?
This is yet another example of how vague California laws can be when it comes to custody and child support. There is no definition of affluent or high-income earner, as the court refers to it.
There are good reasons for this. For one thing, costs of living vary a great deal from region to region in the state. In addition, if the court put a dollar amount on the definition, they would have to be continually adjusting it for inflation and other economic factors.
Finally, wealth is different depending on how it is earned and maintained. The same dollar amounts would not apply to a person living off a trust fund as to a person responsible for running a business and supporting employees.
Therefore, it is the responsibility of the person looking for the exception to the income rule to prove that they are affluent in the eyes of the court.