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How do I calculate child support?

Before you file papers with the court to establish a child support order or to modify an existing child support order, you may want to calculate what the monthly child support amount may be. This presentation provides basic instructions on how to use the online child support calculator. 

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Child Support

Where to get Help?

The Sutter County Family Law Facilitator's Office and Self-Help Center is limiting in-person assistance until further notice. All previously scheduled clinics and appointments are canceled until further notice.

Our preferred methods of assistance are: Telephone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (530) 822-3305 and Email assistance through E-Help. This is subject to change due to staff availability.

There are several Self-Help resources that can be accessed from anywhere with internet. The California Court's website has information on a variety of case types and issues, and court forms.


Odyssey Guide & File is a free program that guides a user through a series of questions with the goal of producing legal forms that may be printed, then filed with the court. The Odyssey Guide & File program is maintained by Tyler Technologies, a private company. Tyler Technologies is not affiliated with, or endorsed by, the Sutter County Superior Court. This link is provided as a resource to the public. Please be advised that the programs provided by Guide & File are designed for statewide use and contain general instructions that may vary locally depending on the court where you file your forms. Additionally, there may be local forms that are required for filing but are not provided in the form sets produced by the Guide & File program. It is highly recommended that you review the Local Rules for more specific information and guidance before filing any forms with the court.


The Family Law Facilitator's Office and the Self-Help Center are available for information, document checks of your completed forms, and instructional packets that may be of assistance in filling out child support forms.

Whenever you come to the Self-Help Center /Facilitators office it is very important that you bring all of your support related documents, and a photo identification with you.

The Self-Help Center offers a clinic that provides assistance with filling out the forms to ask the court to modify your ongoing Child Support Order. Please check the Clinic Calendar for the “Motion to Modify Ongoing Child Support” clinic.

All other child support-related motions will be referred to the “Request for Orders: Other Issues” clinic which requires pre-registration.

Clinic Calendar

Self-Help Center Hours

Monday through Friday:

In Person 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

Limited Assistance

Telephone 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.