Child Support


#1

My child support was recently modified due to the fact my order has been in effect since 2002. I have had another child since it was originally ordered. I was only given a credit of $331 for my second child. They said that is 50% of her support since I am married to her mother. I have two questions…

  1. How do they come up this credit amount? Is it standard or what?
  2. Why does the state think that it take $1200 (total amount of CS the state is proposing for the child in question) to raise a 14 year old but only $662 to raise a 4 year old?

#2

You may want to double check to see if the calculation was done correctly. The amount deducted from your gross income for purposes of calculating child support should have been 1/2 the “basic child support obligation”. That means the total gross income between you and your current spouse is approximately $3,550 per month.

If that is not accurate, then you should speak with a lawyer about options to revisit or appeal the amount of support awarded.

The state does expect that a new spouse will be partially responsible for the costs associated with raising your 4 year old.