In California, child support is mutual; hence, both parents should financially support their child/children. However, in determining how much each parent has to pay in child support, the court must consider several factors including, individual incomes and the amount of time the child spends with an individual parent. Generally, even in cases of joint custody, one parent pays for child support based on income differences and time spent with the child. Other essential considerations include whether the child requires specialized care, the number of children the couple have together and the number of children the parents have with others.

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