There is an interesting posting by Paul Raeburn about Massachusetts’ new Child Support Guidelines. The post/article provides a good general overview of the “big issues” involved with the philosophical/political underpinning of Child Support … In California the statewide guidelines for Child Support can be found in Family Code § 4050-4076. Legal commentators have said that the California Child Support guidelines are so complicated that the average person could not figure out their support exposure without some type of professional assistance. You could debate for hours the concept of child support and the appropriateness of any Guidelines. But for the vast majority of divorcing parents (and parents involved in Paternity actions) what they need is a practical understanding of how the Courts will implement the Child Support guidelines in their particular case. That is something I try to provide to all my clients. As with most things in Family Law — Child Support is fact driven.