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How much child support will I get?

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2021 | Child Custody |

Child support is a state matter and it is a personalized payment. These characteristics make it very hard to give general ideas about how much child support you will receive in your situation.

However, the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch explains there are mandatory guidelines the court will use to ensure fair child support awards. You can look to these guidelines to help you estimate what you may receive.

Mathematical formula

The court will use a state set formula to figure a support award. The formula will use your income and the other parent’s income. It factors in the number of children as well. The formula looks at other things that could impact needs and income to come to a fair figure.

Other factors

The other factors that could impact the amount of support include medical insurance. If the person who will pay the support is able to provide medical insurance, this factors into the support obligation. If the other parent handles that, it also will impact support. The idea is medical care is the responsibility of both parents, so the formula will factor that in as part of the support obligation.

Childcare is another important factor. Whoever pays for child care will have that considered in their portion of the formula because both parents carry the responsibility for the care of the children.

It is important to note that child support awards can and do change. As children get older, their needs change. Your income may change or that of the other parent. Modifications are available when there is a substantial change in the situation of either parent or the children to continue to ensure fair support.