I have three children, and currently pay child support for them, by court order.
In one month, one of the children turns 18, and has already graduated high school. She currently resides with me.
I called child support services asking how to start the process to have child support recalculated, and was told “they will send me forms to determine of a 15% change has occurred”. I just used an online calculator and, because health insurance reimbursement is now considered “income”, even with one child aging out, it appears my payment could possibly only drop 9%.
Firstly, how is one child aging out NOT immediately a reason that a recalculation is allowed. Even if it’s $100 a month, I could really use that extra $100 as my expenses have increased even as hers has decreased.
Secondly, the reason there is such a disparity is that I am paying roughly 81% of the entire calculated amount of child support because my ex works minimally, at an entry level job and has never bothered to try to improve. I currently pay her almost as much in child support as she manages to earn.
Is this true, that I may not be allowed to recalculate child support, even with less children factored into the equation?