If paternity (fatherhood) has not been established, Child Support Services will take the necessary steps to establish paternity. Establishing paternity provides a child of unmarried parents the same legal rights as a child born to married parents. Once paternity is legally established, children are entitled to the following:
- Financial support
- Access to family medical history
- Inheritance rights
- Medical and life insurance benefits
- Social Security benefit
Establishing a Support Order
If a court order for child support and/or medical support does not already exist and the non-custodial parent has been located, an order will be sought to establish child support and medical support by the court. The amount of child support is determined using guidelines established by California Law. Child Support guidelines are based on the income of both parents (allowing for certain deductions) and the amount of time the child is cared for by each parent.
You may obtain an estimated amount of child support that may be ordered in your case by using the California Guideline Child Support Calculator here.