Contribution of a Homemaker


The “contribution of a homemaker” when referring to child support. Is that part of the child support guideline formula? How is the contribution of a homemaker factored into child support? For example, a homemaker or person who as primary custody of four children typically would not take a job with extensive travel, might miss some hours of work for doctor appointments, surgeries, care of a disabled child with FMLA leave. Does the child support calculator take the contributions of the homemaker into consideration? On the other hand, if a party is seeking to have a child support calculation based only on the actual expenses of the child, does that exclude the contributions of the homemaker? Is a child support motion for only the actual expenses of a child based on the current actual expenses or the standard of living that they couple enjoyed while married?


The contribution of a homemaker is not factored into child support. The homemaker’s income would be $0 on the child support worksheet.

The only expenses for a child that are included in a child support worksheet are health insurance premiums, work-related childcare, and extraordinary expenses which are education expenses to meet particular education needs and/or expenses associated with transporting a child between each parents’ residence.

Otherwise child support is based off of each parent’s current income, not the incomes they had during the marriage.

Anna Ayscue

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