This article examines the H% element of the child support equation (the amount of time the higher earning parent spends with the minor child) and how it affects children and their best interests. Part I focuses on the history of child support in America and how federal legislation has impacted California’s approach to child support. Part II discuses California’s child support formula and how the amount of time spent with a child affects the total amount of financial support owed; this section will focus on what constitutes a child’s best interest. This article advocates for California to adopt a different formula—one that would more effectively ensure that a child’s best interests are being protected.
The Numbers Game: Why California's Child Support Formula Should Be Amended to Avoid Parental Abuse, 44 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 257