Does my income change the amount of child support the non-custodial parent is going to have to pay?
The court determines child support obligations based upon both parties’ net income, as both parties are under a legal obligation to support their child(ren).
The general calculation follows several steps.
- The court adds together both parties’ net income.
- That total net income is then multiplied by a certain percentage, determined by the number of children (17% for one child, 25% for two children, 29% for three children, 31% for four children, and no less than 25% for five or more children).
- This amount is then divided based upon the proportion of the non-custodial parent’s individual net income to the combined net income.
If the amount provided for under the CSSA is thought to be too high or too low by either parent, they can ask the Court to adjust the support payments, based upon several factors, including the financial resources of both parents and the child, the child’s physical and emotional health or special needs, the standard of living the child would have had if the marriage or household had not split up, tax consequences, non-monetary contributions a parent makes toward the child’s care and well being, educational needs of either parent, a substantial difference in gross incomes of the parents, and needs of other children of the noncustodial parent.