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How Is Child Support Calculated in Wisconsin?

Posted on in Divorce/Family Law

Waukesha County child support lawyer

In any divorce that involves children, it is likely the case will also include child support. Many parents wonder how they will continue to support themselves and their children after a divorce, especially because they will be essentially running a household on a single income. To help mitigate some of the costs of raising a child, child support is typically ordered to be paid by the parent who spends less time with the child, although a handful of other factors also go into calculating child support. No two child support cases are the same, which is why it is important to understand how Wisconsin law specifies that child support is calculated.

Sole Custody Cases

Child support in sole custody cases is typically easier to calculate than in shared custody cases. When one parent has sole custody of the child, the child is with the non-custodial parent for less than 92 overnight visits per year. Typically, this amounts to spending every other weekend with the non-custodial parent. Wisconsin uses a standard percentage model to calculate the amount the non-custodial parent owes to the custodial parent:

  • One child: 17%
  • Two children: 25%
  • Three children: 29%
  • Four children: 31%
  • Five or more children: 34%

The non-custodial parent’s monthly gross income is determined and then multiplied with the corresponding percentage from above. For example, a non-custodial parent who earns $3,800 per month and has two children for whom to pay child support will be paying the custodial parent $950 per month.

Shared Custody Cases

Determining child support can be a little tricky when parents share custody. In these cases, both parents have at least 92 overnight visits per year. To determine who pays child support to the other parent and how much that amount will be, a number of factors are considered, including each parent’s gross monthly income, the percentage of time the child spends with each parent, and the number of children for which support is being provided.

The formula begins by calculating each parent’s gross monthly income and multiplying it by the appropriate factor for the number of children who receive support. Then, each number is multiplied by 150%, which accounts for household maintenance expenditures. Next, each parent's amount is multiplied by the percentage of time the child spends with the other parent. The resulting numbers represent each parent’s portion of the child support responsibility. The parent with the higher support obligation will pay the other parent the difference between the two calculated amounts each month.

Contact a Waukesha County Child Support Attorney

Child support can be a highly contested and highly emotional issue during divorce cases. At the Bucher Law Group, LLC, we understand the importance of getting your children the financial support they deserve. Our skilled Milwaukee County child support lawyers will help you calculate how much support your child should be receiving each month and ensure your support order is clear and binding. Call our office today at 262-303-4916 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/dcf/101_199/150

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/dcf/101_199/150_a.pdf 

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