coverage to the child or children of a divorce, is something that the state requires in most cases. Because children have the right to receive support from both parents, the courts use child support guidelines to determine for how much each parent should be responsible.
The standard percentage of income guideline, which is typically only used to the letter in cases where the child or children only reside with one parent, is as follows:
•17% of income for 1 child •25% of income for 2 children •29% of income for 3 children •31% of income for 4 children •34% of income for 5 or more children However, if you and your ex-spouse share placement and the child is with each of you at least 25 percent of the time, or if one of you supports more than one family, or if either of you have a low or high income, your child support amounts will vary. Under Wisconsin child support laws, judges are allowed to use their discretion when determining child support amounts after evaluating several factors.
How Much Child Support Will You Pay (or Receive)?
Your best bet is to talk to a Milwaukee family law attorney about child support. Every case is different, so what happened to a friend or family member may not even apply to you. Your attorney will be able to answer your questions, petition the court for the right amount of child support (whether you must pay it or you will receive it) and help you through the court processes necessary for this type of support to change hands.
Call us at 414-383-6700 or 262-650-6700 for a free case review. We’ll start developing a strategy that gets you – and your children – the best possible outcome.