Child Support Calculation


For the income to be considered in the child support worksheet, do we use our gross income? It would seem that would be unfair since we dont actually receive that amount due to taxes and the support amount is a net that we write a check for.


*** Not a lawyer ***

It’s all laid out in detail at … jsp#Income , from which the answer seems to be basically “yes”. Supposedly the support figures are calculated to take taxes and such into account.

Personally, I think there’s a whole lot in the child support system that is a lot more unfair than gross versus net income.


Yes, the child support guidelines call for using gross wages, not net wages. If the calculation called for net wages, a party could potentially decrease their net earnings drastically with voluntary deductions.