Effective January 1, 2016, minimum wage in California will increase to $10 per hour. The current minimum wage is $9 per hour which equates to $1,560 per month. The increase will equate to $1,733 per month. If your current support order was based on an imputation of minimum wage income to one party, your child support may qualify for a modification. Consider this example:
- The parties have 3 children
- Father’s timeshare is 35%
- Father’s gross monthly income is $2,500
- If Mother’s income is $1,560 (current minimum wage), Father owes $393 per month for child support.
- If Mother’s income is $1,733 (new minimum wage), Father owes $358 per month for child support.
The difference in child support per month equates to $420 per year.
There are several other factors that are taken into consideration when calculating child support. If circumstances have changed since your last child support order, contact us today to evaluate your best course of action.