Financial Affidavit ---four children

Is there an instruction manual about how to fill out the financial affidavit for child support? For the mortgage, how would that be divided between parent and four children, and electricity, and cable bill, and trash bill. Where would a person look to see the mathematical formula regarding how to compute the finances on a financial affidavit splitting the cost of a mortgage for a five bedroom house with four children? Would it be accurate that children have no housing expense at all?

A financial affidavit does not need to have that much detail, nor would it be possible to determine the minor children’s portion of living expenses since they are not actually paying them.

Instead, calculate how much you spend each month in each expense - mortgage, utilities, cable, internet, etc. - and put that amount in your column. Those are valid expenses as they are providing housing and other needs to the children who also live there.

The only expenses you need to put in the children’s column are things you pay for that are only for them, for example, school lunches, entertainment/recreation, sports equipment, piano lessons, health insurance, prescriptions, glasses/contacts, etc. Everything else would go in your column because you are paying for it.

Anna Ayscue

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