Child support used to be calculated by taking the non-custodial parent’s net income, and basing child support on a certain percentage of net income, depending on the number of children being supported.
Under the child support law that was passed a couple years ago, both parents’ incomes are factored in. The statute contains a table that provides a base amount of child support that children are entitled to, based upon the combined income of the child(ren)’s two parents. The obligor parent pays a percentage of the base amount provided for in the statutory table, based upon his or her proportional share of the combined income. For example, if the statutory table provides for base support in the amount of $1,000; and the obligor parent’s income is 70% of the parents’ combined income, the obligor parent would have a base child support obligation of $700.
The support number is reduced to reflect parenting time that the obligor has. If the parents have equal, or nearly equal, custody / parenting time, then the support number is reduced substantially (by means of a somewhat different equation). If the obligor parent has little or no parenting time, then there is no reduction.
What happens when the husband loses his job, he is paying child support, do you need a lawer to tell the judge you can not pay that much right now? She does not work.
I understand the new law taking both parents incomes into account for child support. However -I never could find anything that was law regarding medical support. For example – in my situation – I have to pay 70% now of perscriptions – braces – medical bills – etc. Is this true? Are both incomes taken into account for medical?