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Child Support & Modifying Child Support

Child Support

For every child custody order, there is a corresponding order of child support, even if it is “0”.  Child support has been mandated by our legislature through application of the child support guidelines. Child support is ordered for a child until he or she reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later.  A child support obligation is based on the parents’ combined gross monthly incomes.   Wages, commissions, bonuses, trust income, self-employment income, social security benefits, and rental income may be counted as income for child support purposes.  To determine each parent’s gross income,  they  will need to exchange income information, such as pay stubs, income tax returns,  profit-and-loss statements.    After calculating the basic child support obligation, the court  will add the monthly of health insurance, child care, and sometimes, private school tuition.   Each parent will pay child support based on his or her percentage earnings of their combined gross monthly income. 

A Few Things To Consider

There is also a downward adjustment for an obligor, who has annual parenting time

As long as it is fair, in the child’s best interest, and full disclosure of the amount owed under the guidelines is provided to both parents.  In other words, the parents need to prepare a parent worksheet before they reach an agreement to deviate from the child support guidelines obligation. 

 

Parents can negotiate a deviation from the guidelines

As long as it is fair, in the child’s best interest, and full disclosure of the amount owed under the guidelines is provided to both parents.  In other words, the parents need to prepare a parent worksheet before they reach an agreement to deviate from the child support guidelines obligation. 

 

Child support can be modified

As long as it is fair, in the child’s best interest, and full disclosure of the amount owed under the guidelines is provided to both parents.  In other words, the parents need to prepare a parent worksheet before they reach an agreement to deviate from the child support guidelines obligation. 

 

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