After a divorce or separation, you may be wondering about how you’re going to receive the child support you need to help support your children. What you do need to know is how the child support is going to be calculated, so you can know what to expect — whether you have to pay it or are waiting to receive it. The federal Child Support Guidelines can be used to help determine the amount.
To start, you need to know how much you or your ex earns in a year. This is the gross income before any tax is deducted. Using this, the amount of child support that should be paid can be determined. Typically, the parent who has the child or children more often will be the one who gets to receive child support, while the other will need to make payments.
The amount of contact with the children each parent has will affect the child support to a degree. Other things that are considered include the amount an average parent spends on his or her child in a typical relationship and at a particular income level. On top of this, extraordinary expenses may be considered.
When parenting is shared, which means the child sees each parent 40 percent or more of the time, then the higher-income-earning parent will likely be the one to pay the other parent child support. What this does is ensure that the parent with a lower income can provide an equally comfortable environment for his or her child. For instance, according to sources, if you made $30,000 a year and your partner made $20,000, it would be typical to pay the lower wage-earner around $140 per month to adjust for the difference in his or her wages.