Child Support Calculation

  1. The fact that she could make more income than she does might come into play when calculating child support. The court will need to look at the reason she is earning less money and determine if she is suppressing her income in bad faith. If she quit her job to stay home with your child and is just now getting back into the workforce, the court may not impute income to her especially if she is having trouble finding a job.

  2. The best thing to do is use the average of the weeks she has worked and find out what that works out to be on a monthly basis.

  3. Does your company charge less if you add just a spouse? If that is the case you need to subtract the amount it would be for you and your spouse from the amount you pay for family coverage. The difference is the amount attributable to your son.

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I just read about Child Support and then did the calculator on the site and have a few questions:

  1. My spouse just started working again, but part-time (usually one day a week and then a couple of nights a week). Our 3 year old son is in daycare from 9:30am through 6pm. I would consider my wife underemployed because she could work more and she also could get a better paying job (as she made about twice as much per year when she worked full time before we had the baby). Do any of these factors come into play when determining the amount of child support?

  2. Also, my wife just recently started working in the past few weeks and her hours can vary greatly per month, so for her salary I just put in what she would need to make to get by every month. Is there a better way to do it?

  3. I pay for “family” medical expenses through my employer. It’s not divided up between me, my wife, and son. Should I just take the monthly amount and divide by 3 to come up with how much I am paying for my son?