The present order for child support sets forth a monthly California child support payment of $5,000 from Mel Gibson to Oksana. However, Oksana has just filed a petition for the court to award her more than $5,000 per month in child support. TMZ is reporting that Oksana wants more than 10 times the present amount. Reports also state that the father of Oksana’s son pays her $2,500 per month in child support for her 13 year old daughter.
In California, the determination of child support is dependent on several factors. The two most important factors are each party’s gross monthly incomes and the timeshare the non-custodial parent. Generally speaking, the more time a parent spends with the child, the less child support is paid. However, the incomes of both parents will also need to be taken into consideration. Also, other factors such as tax filing status, federal exemptions, mortgage interest deductions etc. will also have to be taken into consideration.
Further, typically, the older the child, the less child support the child needs. Often times, if a couple has more than one child, the court will breakdown the child support amounts between the children wherein the oldest child will be allotted less child support than the youngest child.
For more information on exploring options for seeking a California child support order, contact an Orange County child support lawyer for more information.