Whether parents have an amicable divorce or not, California family law views children as the innocent ones who can be negatively affected by their parents' separation. The law also sets a standard for parents when it comes to responsibility and obligation towards their child, particularly in the financial aspect. This is where child support comes in. Child support is a financial obligation that remains regardless of the marital status of the child's parents.
In California, child support is based on a certain formula and guidelines. The formula usually takes into account the income of both parents, the type of custody awarded by the court and the capability of the child support payer to provide financial support. Under such circumstances, it is important for both parties to truthfully disclose all sources of income. Just like in the property division process, full disclosure is important in order to ensure that the amount of the child support calculated is fair and reasonable.