CHILD SUPPORT IN WISCONSIN
HOW TO CALCULATE CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS
DECODING THE CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINESIn Wisconsin, the two primary factors affecting child support are the respective gross (pre-tax) incomes of the parents and the amount of time each parent spends with the child with a focus on the number of times per year the child stays overnight. With few exceptions, child support will be calculated by first reviewing the statutory guidelines published by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). From there, the Family Court can decide to deviate upward or downward based on other factors brought to its attention, such as the financial resources of the child or of either parent, the best interest of the child, the earning capacity of each parent, or any other reason supporting a conclusion that the guidelines amount is unfair. Divorce PRO Wisconsin offers personalized legal solutions to divorcing parents who want what is right for their children. We are here to help.
A Few "Quick" Facts About Child SupportRegardless of custody, both parents are expected to share financial responsibility for their child once the divorce is filed. In many cases, this extends to childcare, health insurance costs, uninsured medical, dental, and vision care, and other (variable) costs for things like school, sports, and social activities. Here are some other important points to consider:
- Child support payments are not tax deductible and are not taxed as income.
- Gross income for child support can include bonuses, commissions, and overtime pay; interest and investment income; and workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, and unemployment benefits.
- A parent who has less than 25% of the overnight placement in a given year is considered a noncustodial parent and will contribute 17% of gross income for one child; 25% for two children; 29% for three children; 31% for four children; and 34% for five or more children.
- Child support can be modified whenever there is a substantial change in circumstances, such as the loss of a job or a change in income, or if there is a change in the needs of the child.
- Child support terminates at the earlier of your child’s graduation from high school or the date he or she turns 19.
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Limited Scope Representation in Child Support ActionsEvery divorce situation is unique, so it is never a good idea to take a “cookie-cutter” approach to child support. In the absence of an agreement, each factor that may cause the Court to deviate from the percentage standards either up or down should be carefully considered as any miscalculation could add up to thousands of dollars over time. When child support is at issue, having an experienced divorce attorney or divorce mediator help you crunch the numbers can make all the difference. Let the professionals at Divorce PRO Wisconsin help you find an affordable, issue-specific solution that meets your needs and your budget.
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