To determining guideline child support, a mandatory state wide formula is applied to reflect the parent’s standard of living. To determine guideline support, the court will consider the following factors:
both parents’ gross income,
the amount of time the children spend with each parent,
there may also be other discretionary factors the court may consider.
Uniform Guideline support is used to achieve the objective to “encourage fair and efficient settlements of conflicts between parents and seeks to minimize the need for litigation.”(Family Code § 4053(j).) The trial court are limited to order child guideline support based on the mandatory formula. (In re Marriage of Carter, 26 Cal. App. 4th 1024, 33 Cal. Rptr. 2d 1 (1994).)