When you are going through a divorce in California, you are going to have to come up with some child support numbers if you have children. The basic premise is that you use the court’s dissomaster software ( you won’t have access, but you will as our client) and punch in the income of the parties and the time share percentages.
It looks like this.
Generally it is pretty easy to figure out. You decide who has the kids what percentage of time and punch in the incomes of the parties and the the software spits out a number. The timeshare percentages are also usually pretty easy to figure out. It usually goes something like this;
There are 3 children and they are all with mom 80 percent of the time. Pretty strait forward.
But how about this scenario;
There are 3 kids and 2 of the kids spend 90% of the time with mom and 1 of the kids spends 20% of the time with mom.
So what is the average time share between the 3 kids?
This is the formula we used to make this determination.
2 kids 90% of time = 180%
1 kid 20% = 20%
200% divided by 3 = 66.66 %
33.33 percent assigned to father as average time share percentage
What we did essentially is take the 2 kids with 90% and multiply that by 2 because there are 2 kids. Then the one kid, (1 x 20% = 20%) The total being 200% and then divided by the number of children to come up with the average time share.
I know this is not calculus, but i figured if one of our clients had a question on it then somebody else out there might as well.