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Child Support for Incarcerated Parents FAQ

The Basics of Child Support for Incarcerated Parents

Taken from a pamphlet issued by Judicial Council of California

The California Family Code (sections 4050 – 4076) establishes a statewide guideline for child support. The amount of child support ordered by the court depends on:

  • Number of children
  • Percentage of time share with the children
  • Income, earnings, or earning capacity of each parent
  • Tax filing status
  • Support of children from other relationships
  • Health insurance expenses
  • Mandatory union dues
  • Mandatory retirement contributions
  • Child care and uninsured health expenses
  • Other factors

The court will order that health insurance be maintained, if available, at no or reasonable cost through the employment of the parent(s). The court will also order, as additional child support, reasonable uninsured health-care costs and child-care costs related to employment or to education or training for employment.

The child support order may also include the cost of travel for visitation, educational expenses, and other special needs.