Maximum amount

Is there a guideline of the maximum of child support and alimony that can be taken from a spouse?? I had heard that number was roughly 40% of your gross income. So in other words the child support and alimony together typically will not exceed 40% of your income.

There is no maximum amount by law that mandates the percentage of income that the court can award in child support and alimony. It is true that the maximum that the court can garnish is 40% of take home pay, without your permission for them to take more. If the 40% garnished does not cover your complete obligation, you still have to pay the remaining amount.