What California does, as many states, there is a grid. And they look at this grid and say -- How much does the mom make? How much does the dad make? How much does it cost to raise a child? They put those things together, and they split it up. If the mother makes a lot more money, she is going to have to pay more. If the father makes a lot more money, he is going to have to pay more.No, this is not right. The cost to raise a child is not a factor at all. And if the mom has full custody, then her income is not a factor either.
She also talked about how the parents can settle out of court, but that is not correct either. The parents do not have the ability to make a binding deal that the courts will uphold.
The term "child support" is misleading. The system is really a cross between an income tax and alimony. It is not what most people think at all, and not even what TV legal experts think that it is.