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  • Calculating Child Support Can Be Messy

    From understating your income to the improper use of Dissomaster, your family may be put at financial risk when calculating support.

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Rancho Cucamonga & Upland Child Support Attorney

Divorce Attorney Providing Practical Counsel

Aaron M. Hudson is experienced and skilled in child support cases, including initial child support determinations, as well as modification of child support. Child support in California is typically calculated according to "guideline" which is a complicated formula codified in the California Family Code. Courts and attorneys typically use a proprietary program called Dissomaster® to calculate guideline child support. Aaron is considered by many to be an expert in using Dissomaster®. He has participated and taught many hours of specialized continuing education in the use of this program.

Quite simply, an error in the input of information in this program could cost you money each month in support. It is also not uncommon for attorneys to intentionally manipulate the input of income information to take advantage their client. This is a prime example of why you need Aaron M. Hudson on your side.

What Does the Court Use As a Basis for "Income"?

Formula child support is a share of the parents' "net monthly disposable income", computed by totaling "annual gross income" less allowable deductions to arrive at "annual net" and then dividing by 12 to yield "monthly net". Annual gross income means income from whatever source derived, including but not limited to income from the following:

  • Wages
  • Bonuses
  • Commissions
  • Royalties
  • Workers' compensation
  • Trust income
  • Annuities
  • Interest
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Disability benefits

Also included is income from a business proprietorship. The court, in its discretion, can also take into account the value of employee-paid benefits, which may reduce a person's expenses.

What if the Other Party Is Underemployed or Hiding Income?

In certain circumstances, the court can "impute" income and base a support award on a person's "earning capacity". Subject to the child's best interests, courts properly act within their discretion in imputing income from work to an unemployed or underemployed parent where the parent has the ability to work, has an opportunity to work, but lacks the willingness to work consistent with that ability and opportunity.

It is not uncommon for a party who is self-employed, or receives cash income to "understate" their income. Because the income disclosures must be signed under penalty of perjury, it is a crime to falsely report your income in a child support case. Most people think it is impossible to trace their cash income. Aaron M. Hudson has a great deal of experience in discovering and proving opposing parties' true income. By subpoenaing and reviewing bank records and other documents, fraudulent conduct will usually be exposed.


Contact our firm today! We are dedicated to helping our clients protect their children's best interests.


  • Divorce Can Be a Difficult Process for Anyone

    Aaron M. Hudson is Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Meet with him today to discuss your family law case and explore your legal options.

    Get Divorce Info
  • Calculating Child Support Can Be Messy

    From understating your income to the improper use of Dissomaster, your family may be put at financial risk when calculating support.

    Get Child Support You Deserve
  • Connect With Our Experienced Firm Today

    Take the first step toward solutions by scheduling a consultation with Aaron M. Hudson. Start a new chapter in your life today!

    Get in Touch with Us

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Aaron M. Hudson
Rancho Cucamonga Divorce Attorney

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
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