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Child support for California can be court ordered for a parent or both parents to provide financial assistance every month for the expense of raising a child, or children. A judge will give the order after all credentials are turned in and reviewed under the child support guidelines of the state. The length of time a parent must pay child support is determined by if the child turns 18 and graduates from high school, turns 19, or marries, dies, or is legally free by emancipation; includes joining the military. All sources of income will be reviewed such as wages, earning from self-employment, unemployment benefits, and many others shown in the California Guidelines for Child Support. The court will also determine how much a parent already spends on a child, which is called "time-share", and time each parent spends with the child will determines the costs of payouts for child support.