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How Does Child Support Get Calculated?

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One of our members asked a question a while back…

How Does Child Support Get Calculated?

Here’s our answer to their question about “child support guidelines“.

Guidelines for child support are set by each state individually. This is a federal mandate that they cover support of children in all cases. Although the tide is turning on child support calculations it’s meant to enforce financial support for the child, and can vary greatly even if both parents work and can support the kids on their own.

Many states will have their own “child support calculator” which isn’t always a concrete solution. Remember, judges have to take in to consideration other items that a spreadsheet cannot see.

For the most part, guidelines revolve around what the children need to survive financially, and then take in to account the income of that childs parents. In certain cases where one parent doesn’t work, or is under-employed for their education or area, a judge can impute wages (make them up and assign them as if they were already making that much money). Then a calculation comes into play based on who supports the child the majority of the time (school nights, lunches, dinners, travel, medical, etc) and the costs based upon that time the child has with one parent over the other.

If you’re afraid of paying child support you should be, and you shouldn’t be at the same time. Yes, it can take a very big chunk of your paycheck and lead you to live a lifestyle you never thought you might have to live. And, on the other hand, no… this is support for your child. Your kids didn’t sign up for this divorce and they deserve to have a roof over their head and good food to eat, among many other things.

Don’t go quit your job because you don’t want your ex to “get your money” through child support payments. Likely, the judge won’t care for that act. Go find your self a great child custody attorney. If you’re the non-custodial parent then why aren’t you fighting for equal time with your kids? Again, if you decided to move away – that isn’t the childs fault. They are entitled to support from their other parent.

We have a lot more that you can read about “Child Support” by clicking this link!

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