How do courts calculate the proper amount of child support in a case?

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The point of child support is to provide the children of a divorce with the same quality of living they enjoyed prior to the split. It is not to bankrupt or punish one parent. The paying parent is typically the one who makes more than the other parent, and/or who does not have primary custody. The non-custodial parent’s income is the main factor in child support arrangements.

A judge will only order a support amount the paying parent can reasonably afford, based on a number of different factors including:

  • Gross monthly income of the custodial and non-custodial parent
  • Amount for daycare
  • Price of group health insurance
  • Amount of parenting time each parent has with the child

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Once the courts issue a child support order, the paying parent must comply, or else the court will hold the parent in contempt. This could result in fines, penalties and even jail time. The paying parent may request support modification if the parent loses his or her job or gets a demotion, but the courts will only grant a modification request if the parent has a legitimate reason for the loss of income, such as a disability. If the parent misses child support payments, he or she could face a wage garnishment order.

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