From the website: "Starting January 1, 2007, child support in the U.S. will be calculated under a new formula called 'Income Shares.' This formula will only be used in cases filed after January 1, 2007. Pre-existing child support orders will not automatically change because there is a new law.
The general legal concept of 'child support' is made up of 3 parts:
1) basic support = costs for a child's housing, food, clothing, transportation, and education costs, and other expenses to care for the child
2) medical support = health insurance and other medical/dental costs
3) child care support = child care costs when parents go to work or school
The Income Shares formula includes the gross income of BOTH parents in figuring the amount of child support.
The amount of court-ordered parenting time (visitation) is considered in calculating 'basic support.' If a parent has the child between 10% and 45% of the time, the parent gets a 12% adjustment (reduction) in child support owed. If the parenting time is less than 10%, there is no adjustment to child support.
The law presumes that both parents can or should work and earn an income.
By law, if the parties do not provide specific details about their income, the court will set child support based on other available evidence, including past work experience, the current legal minimum wage, or it will set a minimum amount provided for in the law."
From the website: "To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement. When you have completed the form click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent.
Please remember that these calculators are for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator.
For the most part these calculators assume that all of the children will primarily live with one parent. It is not intended to estimate situations where there is joint physical custody or split custody."
From the website: "Child support is money paid by parents who are not living with their children, to help financially support them. This site provides information and resources for paying parents, custodians and employers making child support deductions."
An explanation of how child support works, find out how much child support you will have to pay, what your entitlement to child support may be, the obligations employers have in regard to making child support deductions and contact details for the Community Liaison Officers.
Page Title: 'Child Support: Law after Marriage / Family Breakup,
Payment Calculator, Enforcement, Morality, Statistics'.
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